Research Bulletin

The Agrarian South Network (ASN) Research Bulletin is one of a series of responses proposed by the ASN as a platform for regular reflection on the unfolding crisis precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.[1] The Bulletin is envisioned as a monthly online publication with short interventions of political or theoretical nature, whose aim is to provide an organized and incisive exchange of ideas on a frequent basis. In line with the ASN’s tri-continental focus and reach, each issue of the Bulletin brings together three contributions each from Africa, Asia and Latin America that weigh in on a theme relevant to the times and place: the agrarian south. The thematic focus of each issue will as such, reflect current and urgent social questions which lend themselves to comparative analysis and/or learning across various social and political terrains of the global south, with contributions ranging between 2,000-3,000 words. The theme that drove the reflections in this inaugural issue was obvious given the exigencies generated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing efforts to understand its dimensions and impacts especially among the world’s poor and marginalized.

August 2020 Bulletin


September 2020 Bulletin

Click to download the September bulletin: Implications of COVID-19 on Workers

October 2020 Bulletin

Click to download the October bulletin: Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Face of a Global Pandemic

November 2020 Bulletin 

Click to download the November bulletin: Neoliberalism, Feminism and Social Protection in the South under COVID-19

December to January  2021 Bulletin

 Click to download the December to January 2021 bulletin: Bandung & Food Production in the South

Editorial Team

Editor In Chief

Lyn Ossome

Lyn Ossome is Senior Research Fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University. Her specializations are in the fields of feminist political economy and feminist political theory, with research interests in gendered labour, land and agrarian studies, and the political economy of gendered violence. She is the author most recently of Gender, Ethnicity and Violence in Kenya’s Transitions to Democracy: States of Violence (2018) and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Labour Questions in the Global South (2020). She is associate editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy and co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies. She has been held visiting, teaching and research positions at the National Chiao Tung University, Wits University, and Yale University. She serves on several boards among them the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

Dr Manish Kumar

Dr Manish Kumar, PhD from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Currently a Postdoc fellow at International Center for Development and Decent Work Universität Kassel, Germany. Recipient of Samir Amin Young Scholar Award 2020.

Freedom mazwi

Freedom Mazwi  is a Researcher with the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Harare, Zimbabwe. His research and publications over the last 10 years largely focus on the political economy of land reform and agricultural financing. Freedom has contributed articles in a number of journals, international newspapers and books.

Damian Lobos

Damian Lobos Argentine teacher and activist. Researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA). Specialist in food policy and political economy of Latin American Southern Cone. Graduate in Political Science. Master in Planning and Land Management. Doctoral fellow in Agrarian Social Studies. Córdoba, Argentina.

[1] See the ASN page for a longer statement on this: