The Journal of Agriculture and Food Systems Development is unique in its focus on applied research and best practices. Trade journals have less structured articles, while scholarly or academic journals have a standardized, if rigid, structure. The Journal will be, at the same time, both and neither of these. As the field of agriculture and food system development is both deep and broad, we will look for clean, efficient language that speaks to a diverse audience with a voracious appetite for fresh strategies and proven technique. Providing technical details is critical, but not at the expense of clarity.
To provide some idea of the style and content of manuscripts that will be accepted by the publisher, we offer two examples of applied research papers. The first is a quantitative paper based on data collected through a series of surveys and simple descriptive statistics. Note that the paper is also prescriptive in that it provides practical recommendations to agriculture and food system practitioners and policy makers. The second (forthcoming) is a qualitative paper based on a case study prepared through interviews and direct experience.
Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.
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