Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 4: Food Security and Sustainable Development in Mountains
MRD 38 4 20x15cm 200dpiThe latest issue of the journal Mountain Research and Development looks at why mountain people might be more vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition than their average fellow citizens, and explores promising approaches to making food systems in mountain regions more sustainable.

Food security is a key concern for sustainable development in mountain areas. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, in 2012 almost half of those who live in developing countries’ rural mountain areas were vulnerable to hunger, while the global average of food insecure people in developing countries was one in eight. 

This new issue of Mountain Research and Development explores approaches to making food systems in mountain regions more sustainable and equitable – such as nutrition-sensitive agriculture. It also looks at the challenges faced by food systems in mountain regions: one paper examines the impact of a road in Nepal on nutrition quality, while another focuses on the erosion of social institutions due to high socioeconomic and cultural dynamics in Ladakh.

Further papers investigate the contribution of caterpillar fungus to livelihoods in India, the economic performance of walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan, elevational differences in dwarf pine cover in Slovakia, bacteriological characteristics of drinking water in Nepal, changing glacier conditions on mountaineering in New Zealand, the impact of ski tourism on wildlife in Poland, and the dynamics of land use change in the Argentinian puna.

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The MRD Editorial Team
MRD Editorial Office, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment