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F&BKP newsletter February 2018 (#01)
February 20, 2018News
F&BKP newsletter February 2018 (#01)

In the first general newsletter of 2018, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) informs its readers about the busy start of the year. There were two big gettogethers of the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme: the mid-term workshop of the second call focusing on Inclusive Business / Regional Trade; and the kick-off of »

February 6, 2018Knowledge Portal
Cities, planning and urban food poverty in Africa

This chapter argues that there is a new role for urban planning (which in the African context takes the form of municipal spatial and land use planning) as a discipline to meet the food and nutrition security challenges facing African cities. Food insecurity has not historically been considered an urban planning issue. »

January 23, 2018Knowledge Portal
The urban agenda: Meeting the food and nutrition security needs of the urban poor

This paper explores the malnutrition situation in the urban environment and explores interventions that can be used to address it. Urbanization is expected to put an increased pressure on the global food systems. As the world’s cities expand, they are becoming home to an increasing number of malnourished people, particularly women and infants. »

January 17, 2018Knowledge Portal
Cities and agricultural transformation in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia

This article explores the relationship between proximity to a city and the production behavior of rural staple crop producers. More in particular, the study analyzes data from teff producing farmers in major producing areas around Addis Ababa. »

December 14, 2017Knowledge Portal
Food (in)security in rapidly urbanising, low-income contexts

This article describes how, for the urban poor in low and middle-income countries, food affordability and utilization are shaped by the income and non-income dimensions of poverty that include the urban space. Urbanization in low and middle-income nations presents both opportunities and immense challenges. There is limited knowledge of how these challenges affect the ways in which poor urban residents gain access to food and secure healthy and nutritious diets. »

Co-designing sustainable inclusive (peri-)urban city feeding
December 12, 2017Knowledge activity
Co-designing sustainable inclusive (peri-)urban city feeding

Urban food systems are becoming increasingly important as a way of feeding the world’s growing urban population. In the session on urban food systems, Nicky Pouw from the University of Amsterdam urged participants to build in circular economy objectives and become more socio-economically viable and sustainable in order to grow urban food systems. She pointed out that the contribution by urban agriculture is vital to poor urban dwellers, but limited in scale due to the limited space in cities and the inefficiency of urban agriculture. She added that Dutch policies should focus more on regional rural-urban interfaces to support urban food systems. »