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Food Security and Transition towards Sustainability

Mohammad Fazle Rabbi (), Morshadul Hasan () and Sándor Kovács ()
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Mohammad Fazle Rabbi: Ihrig Károly Doctoral School of Management and Business, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
Morshadul Hasan: Ihrig Károly Doctoral School of Management and Business, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
Sándor Kovács: Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 22, 1-21

Abstract: In the light of linkages in various scales and targets, the complex and nuanced design of the sustainable development goals (SDG) raises more challenges in their implementation on the ground. This paper reviewed 25 food security indicators, proposed improvements to facilitate operationalization, and illustrated practical implementation. The research focused on three essential blind spots that arise from the potential interactions between sustainable food production, consumption, and domestic material consumption (DMC). Projection of latent structure regression was applied to link food security and sustainable development goals. Findings revealed that the key target in reducing trade-offs was the integration of DMC with sustainable food production and consumption. DMC was positively correlated with the creation of coherent SDG strategies and sustainable food security. Practical implications were discussed by highlighting how to achieve food security across contrasting development contexts and the challenges of addressing the links between targets and indicators within and beyond SDGs 2 and 12. The results are useful for setting a proper strategy for sustainable production and consumption that can improve the efficient use of resources in the eight Central European countries.

Keywords: sustainable development goals; domestic materials consumption; food systems; sustainability transitions; sustainable food security (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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