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Food Insecurity Special Issue

SICA Occasional Paper Series: Call for Proposals

As an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the UN identified alleviated food insecurity as critical to the health and prosperity of the worldwide population. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 aims at ending hunger, achieving food security, and improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture (UN, 2015). Once thought of only to be a problem in the Global South countries, food and security continues to affect as much as 15% of the US population (Nazmi, Martinez, Byrd, Bianco, McGuire, Crutchfield, Condron, & Ritchie, 2018), which is certain to rise given the current Covid-19 pandemic. With the current global health crisis and the continued spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become even more imperative to examine and address hunger and food and security across countries, regions, and continents. How are governments, international and regional organizations, nonprofits and for-profit organizations, and public institutions approaching this emerging threat to human wellbeing and what are the consequences? Proposals may address any of the following questions and/or related issues from the perspective of international and comparative governance and public administration:

-How does current PA thinking position the field to address food insecurity?
-Does food insecurity have historical and structural root causes?
-Do state and non-state actors pursue policies to alleviate food and security?
-What collaborative initiatives are being pursued globally to achieve food and security?
-Are there global best PA practices for leaving food and security?
-How are food and security policies being assessed and evaluated?
-What are the important roles for international and global organizations?
-How are nations and global regions addressing the impact of climate change?


All submissions will be between 1,000 – 3,000 words including citations (using APA format). Occasional paper series submissions will follow one of the four models: policy briefs, practitioner perspectives, research ideas, and reflections. Each submission is subjected to a blind review in the series is open access and will be available via the SICA website and its social media accounts.


Please send the proposal with no more than 250 words to the occasional paper series editor, Cristina Stanica, at c.stanica@northeastern.edu by July 20, 2021. Full submissions are due by September 1, 2021.