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Call for Submission - Nature & Faune, Vol. 28, Issue 2, 2014

Theme: Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation

Aim and scope of Nature & Faune magazine: Nature & Faune is a peer-reviewed open access international bilingual (English and French) publication of the FAO Regional Office for Africa. Its aim is to disseminate information (scientific and technical knowledge) and promote the exchange of experiences on wildlife, protected area management and the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources in Africa. The ultimate goal is to contribute to enhancing natural resources management for food security in Africa. It is currently produced twice a year under the coordination of the Senior Forestry Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Africa.

The editorial board is particularly interested in manuscripts about experiences, lessons learned and challenges faced, as well as in innovative practices which can enhance the sustainable management of natural resources, especially activities in wildlife management, forestry, fisheries, livestock, land, water and nature conservation. Announcements of funding opportunities, research possibilities, meetings or other activities of interest are also welcomed for posting in the magazine.

Subject and deadlines for next issue: The next edition of Nature & Faune magazine will feature short articles that address the broad theme of "Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation". This is consistent with the magazine’s mission of improving communication, information and knowledge exchange on issues related to safeguarding Africa’s natural resource management and utilization for sustained supply of products and services to the continent’s populations. The theme reflects the complementary rather than central place of natural resources in urban food and nutrition security with farming remaining at the core.

Fourteen of the 54 African countries saw riots in the cities following abrupt spikes in food prices in 2007-2008 .  This among other factors triggered a more focused thinking and drew immediate attention to urban food security in Africa and the world at large.  Is the high concentration of human population in the urban areas part of the problem? An analysis of the demographics shows that between 2011 and 2050, global population is expected to increase from 7 billion to over 9 billion. The fraction of the world’s population living in cities is expected to continue to grow from over 50% in 2010 to almost 70% by 2050, representing an increase of over 2.5 billion people. Much of this increase will take place in developing countries, most notably in rapidly growing cities of East Asia, South Asia and sub‑Saharan Africa .    According to the UN Population Fund “the fastest urbanizing region is Africa with a current urban growth rate of 3.2 per cent per annum. Africa, although least urbanized today, will be home to 1.2 billion urban dwellers by 2050, more than half of the population living in urban areas…”    What does Africa have to do to ensure its urban population’s access to good nutrition? What does Africa have to do to produce enough food for its urban dwellers? What infrastructure is required for food production systems suitable to contemporary African cities? How can cities preserve the services of the surrounding ecosystems, while ensuring sustained provision of food and other consumable products to their burgeoning populations? All hands have to be on the deck to address these issues from various perspectives.

The editorial board is inviting authors to contribute articles that examine and address the challenges that continuing urbanization brings to food and nutrition security in Africa’s urban centers in the context of sustainable natural resources management and utilization. Authors can look at this very broad but tangible topic from varying perspectives including: increasing demand on natural resources in urban and peri-urban areas and implications for sustainable natural resources management; integrated urban and peri-urban forestry planning for food production; nutrition, food security and environmental protection; tenure, governance, agricultural production systems, agribusiness models, inclusive green growth, climate change impacts and challenges, and the contribution of urban forestry to the mitigation of the wood-energy crisis in urban and peri-urban areas. There is also a real hunger out there for information on REDD+: how it works, what are its advantages for Africa’s inner city food and nutrition security. 

Guidelines and instructions for submitting manuscripts are available at our website. Short and succinct papers (1500 words or 3 pages) are preferred. Visit our website or send us an email to receive a copy of the ‘Guidelines for authors.’  

Guidelines and instructions for submitting manuscripts are available at our website. Short and succinct papers (1500 words or 3 pages) are preferred. Visit our website or send us an email to receive a copy of the ‘Guidelines for authors.’  

Please send us your paper(s) by email to the following addresses:


Deadline for submission of manuscript(s) and other contributions is 1st June 2014

Contact Details:

Mrs. Ada Ndeso-Atanga
Nature & Faune Magazine
RAFT Natural resources – Fisheries – Forestry
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
FAO Regional Office for Africa
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