University of California President Janet Napolitano launched the UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) in 2014 to address one of the most compelling issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025. UC’s vision? A world with a sustainable food supply and zero hunger.

Now, a UC research journal – California Agriculture – is planning a special issue about research related to the Global Food Initiative. The issue is slated to be published next summer (2017), in honor of the GFI’s third anniversary.

Editor’s Note: For more information about the Global Food Initiative as a positive disruptor, read this piece.


More about Cal Ag and the call

California Agriculture is an open-access peer-reviewed research journal. It has been published by UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 1946. (It’s worth a dive into Cal Ag’s digitized archives to learn more about the history of agriculture in California.)  Executive Editor Jim Downing told me this about the publication:

“California Agriculture still has a sizable print circulation of 10,000, primarily in California — and it has a unique audience for an academic journal. Print subscribers include researchers in a variety of fields, but also many legislative and agency offices in Sacramento, local officials around the state, as well as farmers, ranchers, land managers, teachers and more.”


Abstracts are due Oct. 1, 2016

Here are more details:

  • Submissions should be previously unpublished, significant original research, or reviews of such research.
  • They should cover the following GFI subject areas: nutrition, food security, food sourcing, food equity, food literacy, food recovery, food waste, local food systems, sustainable agricultural production, sustainable fishery practices, sustainable urban agriculture and climate smart agriculture.
  • The research presented does not need to have been funded by a GFI grant and need not have been conducted by members of the UC community, although priority will be given to submissions with at least one UC-affiliated author
  • Because of the diverse readership of Cal Ag, authors will need to contextualize research and discuss how it can be applied for policy and practice.



Abstracts of up to 250 words describing the proposed article should be submitted to Cal Ag’s Jim Downing ( You’ll hear back from Jim by Oct 14, 2016. If selected, your manuscript will be due on Nov. 18, 2016. A Cal Ag research brief comes in at up to 1,500 words; a full-length article is about 4,000 words. Each manuscript will undergo a blind peer-review process. Writing guidelines are available here.

Prospective authors are welcome to submit a brief description of a proposed paper for review for suitability prior to the submission deadline. Email Jim with any questions…he’s eager to hear from you and told me this:

“We’re excited to put together an issue to showcase the wide range of excellent GFI-related work being done by researchers throughout the UC system.”



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