The Ceres2030 advisory board met on 7 December at the Center for Development Research (Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung, ZEF) in Bonn, Germany to discuss the next steps and identify the research topics to be published in a special peer-review journal issue, in collaboration with Nature Publishing Group. So far 21 research topics have been identified, ranging from “What impacts can alternative feed sources for livestock, such as insects, have on small holder farmers and the environment?” to “What is the effectiveness of finance and extension services on the adoption of smallholder irrigation solutions?”;
Only seven to ten topics are possible within the framework of the peer review process and for this reason, the advisory board is selecting the research topics, which will determine the focus of the Ceres2030 project’s research. Ceres2030 will invite authors later this year to address the research topics identified by the advisory board and contribute to an evidence synthesis (such as scoping reviews, systematic reviews). The journal issue is expected to be published in 2020.