Mexico City’s food system – more
Hungry Cities Partnership reports

December 12, 2017 | By More

AFSUN’s sister project, the Hungry Cities Partnership, has published its report on The Urban Food System of Mexico City, Mexico, which provides an overview of Greater Mexico City and its food system. Meeting the daily food demands of Mexico City’s over 20 million inhabitants requires the agricultural production of Mexico’s rural areas, its fishing industry and food imports. While levels of household food insecurity (undernutrition) are lower than in other global cities of the South, Mexico City faces an epidemic of overnutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases.

The Urban Food System of Nairobi, Kenya by Samuel Owuor, Andrea Brown, Jonathan Crush, Bruce Frayne and Jeremy Wagner. Among its findings is that most of Nairobi’s food purchases are from informal food vendors. The city’s urban poor rely on the informal food sector for several reasons including that it provides food close to where they live and work, credit and barter are often available, small quantities can be purchased, and many items are sold more cheaply than at formal outlets. The leading income-generating activity for women in Nairobi’s poor communities is selling fruit and vegetables.

The Hungry Cities Partnership also reported on the The Urban Food System of Cape Town, South Africa by Gareth Haysom, Jonathan Crush and Mary Caesar. As well as an overview of the demographic, economic and socio-political backgrounds of Cape Town, the report provides a systematic elaboration on the various aspects of this city’s urban food system. These include the sources of food and food flows, urban agriculture, food processing and retailing, as well as the level of household food security and its determinants. It highlights the contributions that the Hungry Cities Partnership household food security survey will make to the existing knowledge of Cape Town’s urban food system and beyond.

• The Hungry Cities Partnership reports can be found here: and the discussion papers here:


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