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Open Access Editorial

Agriculture & Food Security: first anniversary

Malcolm Elliott1*, Molly Jahn2 and Magdy Madkour3

Author Affiliations

1 The Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security, Leicester, LE7 7JR, UK

2 Laboratory of Genetics and Department of Agronomy, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 3428 Genetics Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall, Madison, WI, 53706, USA

3 Arid Lands Agricultural Research Institute (ALARI ), Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University, Hadayek Shobra, P.O. Box 68, Cairo, 11241, Egypt

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Agriculture & Food Security 2013, 2:7  doi:10.1186/2048-7010-2-7

Published: 23 April 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

We are delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of Agriculture & Food Security with you, our readers. In our Launch Editorial [1] we highlighted the crucial role of agriculture in delivering improved food security to a global population that will reach ten billion by the end of the century, while maintaining biodiversity and other critical ecosystems services. This global challenge must confront the problems of climate change, recognizing that agricultural greenhouse gas emissions must be managed as much as possible, while using fewer natural resources and producing improved outcomes in human dimensions. Clearly this will require new knowledge-intensive processes, which are rapidly developed, rigorously tested and widely disseminated. In these causes we have emphasized the advantages of publishing in Agriculture & Food Security which, as an open access journal, provides unrestricted access to research workers, decision makers and lay people around the world. Clearly, open access gives publications a worldwide audience far larger than any subscription-based journal so as to increase the visibility and impact of published work and comply with new commitments in major international research organizations. Our journal also enhances indexing and retrieval while eliminating the need for permission to reproduce and distribute material.