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02 February 2021

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Contemporary Social Science

Special Issue Editor(s)

Evans OSABUOHIEN, Professor of Economics and Chair, Centre for Economic Policy & Development Research (CEPDeR), Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
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Gbadebo ODULARU, Bay Atlantic University and Nexford University, Washington D.C, USA
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Daniel UFUA, Department of Business Management & Fellow, Centre for Economic Research and Policy Development (CEPDeR), Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
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Darline AUGUSTINE, Koppelman School of Business, Brooklyn College, City University of New York , USA
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Romanus OSABOHIEN, Department of Economics & Development Studies, and Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy & Development Research (CEPDeR), Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
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Socioeconomic Shocks, Inequality and Food Systems in the Global South

Background and Problem Statement

After more than a decade of global growth, worldwide, including within the African continent, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that began to spread in the first quarter of 2020 rampantly, brought most countries around the world to a standstill. Many countries worldwide are experiencing aggravated socioeconomic shocks that are aggravated by COVID-19. Globally, the health crisis has further exacerbated food insecurity, inequality and poverty for households, especially for countries in the Global South. Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities in the Global South, there are opportunities for rethinking the growth and development paradigms that can deliver more resilient, sustainable growth and development prospects for households and societies. New and emerging data reveal that the effects of the lockdowns foster systemic inequality through the loss of household incomes and employment opportunities for marginalised segments of the population. Accordingly, the adoption of more inclusive growth and development paradigms for the Global South, notably countries in Asia-Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean as well as Africa, becomes paramount.

The global community continue to strive for means to tackle the myriad of challenges that are posed by the socioeconomic shocks (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic, among others). Many countries in the Global South have also begun to muster the needed apparatus to develop resilience to address the complex challenges of inequality, poverty and food insecurity amidst constrained resources. The situation challenges governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to explore efficient and effective pathways to channel food items, medical supplies and other support services to where they are most needed—thereby showing the need to combat food supply chain disruptions and logistical bottlenecks. There is a need for more comprehensive documentation of the evidence-based policy measures and programmes that are designed for wealth creation, jobs generation, youth employment, food and nutrition security and post-COVID-19 socioeconomic recovery; subsequently, bolstering the resilience of households and societies against future crises.


Aim and Objectives

This Special Issue will benefit a broad range of audiences, including scholars, policymakers, international agencies in the global South. It will comprise of innovative ideas to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge as required by various institutions, such as international development agencies, with respect to socioeconomic shocks, inequality, and food systems in the Global South. Specifically, the objectives include:

  • It explores the nature and effects of food security challenges and inequality complexities, as well as evidence-based measures that have been implemented by governments and NGOs.
  • It addresses socioeconomic shocks in the Global South and offers an in-depth understanding of the critical societal consequences of the devastating pandemic, as well as, the examination of a macroeconomic policy instituted by governments and development partners to boost post-COVID-19 recovery prospects.
  • Also, it provides an opportunity to understand and explicate the issues across various critical sectors and countries in the global South.



The following sub-themes will guide the Special Issue in achieving its objectives:

  1. Socioeconomic shocks, food security and income inequality in the Global South;
  2. Disruptive effects of COVID-19 and food systems challenges in the Global South;
  3. The socioeconomic pressures due to the effects of the changes in food prices on the national budgeting process in the Global South;
  4. The coping strategies and the opportunity costs of the broad disruptive impacts of socioeconomic shocks on households’ livelihoods in the Global South;
  5. Social, economic and security complexities of food shortage and inequality across selected countries in the Global South;
  6. Hindrances of socioeconomic shocks on food supply and value chain development in the Global South;
  7. Socioeconomic shocks, agricultural sector performance and gender inequality in the Global South;
  8. Evidences and lessons from the post-COVID-19 pandemic paradigm shift in food systems in the Global South.

In addition to the above-listed sub-themes, other relevant issues that are related to the broad topic are welcome.

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  • The Guest Editors welcome original articles, including quantitative or qualitative studies, case studies, or critical reviews, dealing with aforementioned issues that should be related to analytical/conceptual framework in social science disciplines. Manuscripts should follow the normal instructions for electronic submission of papers to Contemporary Social Science.
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