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March 7, 2019Knowledge Portal
Urban Food Deserts: Perspectives from the Global South

This special issue calls for both empirical studies and theoretical discussions of urban food deserts in the Global South, with a focus on a broad range of issues such as food accessibility, food affordability, urban food sources, informal food economies, supermarketization and the food security characteristics and consequences of food deserts, as well as urban policies that contribute to or mitigate the existence and development of food deserts. »

January 7, 2019Knowledge Portal
Social-cultural processes and urban affordances for healthy and susainable food consumption

This paper provides an overview of research highlighting the relation between cultural processes, social norms, and food choices, discussing the implication of these findings for the promotion of more sustainable lifestyles. Development of evidence-based policies in the domain of more sustainable food choices could be based on a combination of cultural and education interventions with urban planning management and transformation. »

November 26, 2018Knowledge Portal
Integrating food into urban planning

This book discusses planning cities in such a way they will increase food security and nutrition, not only for the affluent segments of society but primarily for the poor. The integration of food into urban planning is a crucial and emerging topic. The book draws on cities of different sizes, from regions across the global north and south, in both developed and developing areas, thereby the contributors collectively attest to the importance of global knowledge rooted in local food planning practices, programmes and policies. »

November 13, 2018Knowledge Portal
City Region Food System Toolkit: Assessing and planning sustainable city region food systems

This toolkit provides guidance on how to assess and build sustainable city region food systems (CRFS). It is meant to be a resource for policymakers, researchers, and other key stakeholders and participants who want to better understand their own CRFS and plan for improvements. »

September 18, 2018
From corn to popcorn? Urbanization and dietary change: Evidence from rural-urban migrants in Tanzania

This article aims to study whether and how urbanization impacts dietary change.¬†The study shows that moving to an urban area does not effect the intake of fats, animal-source foods, and dietary diversity. But diets shift away from the consumption of traditional staples, towards high-sugar, prepared foods. »

September 6, 2018Knowledge Portal
Urban food systems governance and poverty in African cities

This book aims to improve our understanding of the connections between¬†urban poverty, food systems, household food security and governance, by focusing on three cities in sub-Saharan Africa. The book argues that an examination of the food system and food security provides a valuable lens to interrogate urban poverty. »