Urban food security and rural bias
– latest discussion papers

September 18, 2017 | By More

Our sister programme, the Hungry Cities Partnership, has 11 discussion papers available for free download.

Urban Food Security and Rural Bias, by Jonathan Crush and Liam Riley, sets out the global, African, and South African contexts within which both urban development and food security agendas in Africa are framed.

The Hungry Cities Food Purchases Matrix: A Measure of Urban Household Food Security and Food System Interactions discusses the administration of the Hungry Cities Food Purchases Matrix (HCFPM) in a 2014 household survey of Maputo in Mozambique and illustrates how it can provide unique insights into the interactions between households and the broader food system. The HCFPM has been developed by the Hungry Cities Partnership for situating household food sourcing behaviour within the urban food system and has been successfully administered in a number of cities in the Global South.

International Migration and Urban Food Security in South African Cities by Jonathan Crush and Godfrey Tawodzera aims to contribute to the literature on urban food security in the South by focusing on the case of Zimbabwean migrants in South African cities and discussing the results of a household survey of migrants in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Comparing Household Food Security in Cities of the Global South through a Gender Lens by Liam Riley and Mary Caesar demonstrates the usefulness of a gender lens of analysis for generating new insights and questions about household food insecurity in an international context of comparative urban research. The data used in the paper is drawn from the Hungry Cities Partnership household food security baseline surveys in Maputo and Nanjing.

The Informal Sector’s Role in Food Security: A Missing Link in Policy Debates? by Caroline Skinner and Gareth Haysom aims to review what is currently known about the role played by the informal sector in general, and informal retailers in particular, in the accessibility of food in South Africa. Drawing on Statistics South Africa data, the authors show that the informal sector is an important source of employment, dominated by informal trade with the sale of food a significant subsector within this trade.

 

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