New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy: Announcements 2024-06-05T11:38:24+00:00 Open Journal Systems <p>NEW AGENDA is an <strong>Open Access,</strong> peer-reviewed journal and is accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The journal’s focus encompasses South African, African and international developments in social and economic research and policy. It aims to provide high-quality pertinent information and analysis for stakeholders in government, academia and civil society. </p> <p>New Agenda is the flagship publication of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA). IFAA is dedicated to promoting economic transformation, non-racialism, anti-racism and gender equality, continental solidarity and African self-reliance, and youth participation in political and social discourse.</p> Call for papers: Call for papers 2024-06-05T11:38:24+00:00 New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy <p><strong><em>New Agenda</em></strong> is the flagship publication of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) a Cape Town-based think-tank and policy research institute.</p> <p>The journal encompasses South African, African and international developments in social and economic research and policy. We aim to provide high-quality pertinent information and analysis for people in government, academia and civil society. We are dedicated to promoting democratic participation in economic, social and political life. </p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><em>New Agenda</em> is a fully accredited academic journal listed in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Index of Approved South African Journals. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">The Institute for Social Development (ISD) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) provides an academic home for <em>New Agenda,</em> in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2023. The aim is to broaden editorial governance, automate peer review processes, and use digital platforms to expand readership of the magazine. All submissions to <em>New Agenda</em> will be processed on the OJS/PKP platform hosted by the UWC Library.</span></p> <p>See the current and <strong>previous issues of <em>New Agenda</em> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a></strong>.</p> 2024-06-05T11:38:24+00:00 Call for papers: FSNet-Africa New Agenda Special Issue titled “Food Systems Transformation Policy Pathways” 2024-02-19T08:03:12+00:00 New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy <p><strong>Deadline for manuscript submission: 15 March 2024</strong></p> <h4>Special Issue editors</h4> <p><strong>Prof. Julian May</strong></p> <p><strong>Prof. Claire Quinn</strong></p> <p><strong>Prof. Andy Dougill</strong></p> <p><strong>Prof. Frans Swanepoel</strong></p> <p><strong>Dr Tshilidzi Madzivhandila</strong></p> <p><strong>Dr Melody Mentz-Coetzee</strong></p> <h4>Special Issue information</h4> <p>The Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) invites you to submit papers for a Special Issue in the <em>New Agenda</em> titled “Food Systems Transformation Policy Pathways”<em>. </em>This Special Issue focuses on research-informed policy recommendations for transforming African food systems.</p> <p>Evidence-informed policy is critical for increasing policy effectiveness, the range of policy options available to policy makers, and confidence in the selected policy options (Strydom, 2010). The rise in interest in food systems has created a demand for increased research in this area to inform policy decisions at global and continental level. The High-Level Panel of Experts defines a food system as follows: <em>“a food system gathers all the elements (environment, people, inputs, processes, infrastructures, institutions, etc.) and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, preparation and consumption of food, and the output of these activities, including socio-economic and environmental outcomes”</em> (HLPE, 2014).</p> <p>While many definitions of food systems exist, the main anchoring features include drivers that influence how food systems function, and food systems components which are characterised by the interactions between food production and consumption and food systems outcomes. The drivers, components and outcomes of a food system are context-specific. Therefore, no single food systems framework can capture the varied interactions and unique aspects of different food systems.</p> <p>FSNet-Africa appreciates that multiple food systems exist; however, in Africa, there are common factors that unite the continent in the context of food systems. One uniting factor is the continental commitments that inspire collective goals and actions to achieve the Africa we want. The most recent of these commitments is the African Common Position on Food Systems published by the African Union in 2021. This document identifies six game-changing solutions for transformation of Africa’s food systems:</p> <ol> <li>Ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all.</li> <li>Shifting to sustainable consumption patterns.</li> <li>Boosting nature-positive production at a sufficient scale.</li> <li>Advancing equitable livelihoods and value distribution.</li> <li>Building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks, and stress.</li> <li>Access to means of production.</li> </ol> <p>A critical cross-cutting game-changing solution identified in the Common Position on African Food Systems is the strengthening of integrated policymaking. These game-changers are all inherently linked to the four food systems outcomes illustrated in the FSNet-Africa Food Systems Framework. Using this Framework and drawing on the aforementioned game-changers, this Special Issue will contribute to the existing body of literature by identifying and collating a series of research papers that offer concrete food systems policy recommendations grounded in research evidence. The Special Issue will draw on the recent work of the FSNet-Africa fellows and others to explore research that cuts across multiple food systems areas. Papers that address nutrition, sustainable consumption, food systems resilience, climate change, and sustainable production will be prioritised. Policy commentaries will also be accepted. Systematic literature reviews will be considered depending on the relevance to evidence-informed policy in the context of food systems.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-3926 alignnone" src="" sizes="(max-width: 815px) 100vw, 815px" srcset=" 1787w, 300w, 1024w, 768w, 1536w" alt="" width="815" height="561" /></p> <h4>Manuscript submission information</h4> <p>To submit a manuscript for the FSNet-Africa <em>New Agenda</em> Special Issue, authors must register on the Open Journal System at <a href=""></a> and thereafter submit the article as per the system’s instructions at <a href=""></a>. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline of 15 March 2024. All submissions that pass pre-check will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted). Research articles, policy commentaries, and systematic reviews are invited.</p> <p>Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously nor be under consideration elsewhere. All manuscripts are refereed through a single-blind review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting manuscripts is available on the <em>New Agenda</em> website: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Funding is available to pay for articles submitted by FSNet-Africa fellows. Submissions from other researchers are welcome and will be considered for funding by FSNet-Africa depending on the number of articles received. <em>New Agenda</em> is an open access journal. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.</p> <p>Source: <a href=""></a></p> <h4>Keywords</h4> <ul> <li>Food systems</li> <li>Transformation</li> <li>African agriculture</li> <li>Resilience</li> <li>Livelihoods</li> <li>Nutrition</li> </ul> 2024-02-19T08:03:12+00:00