Publications: Hungry Cities Papers

HCP Discussion Paper No. 22: Predictors of Household Food Insecurity in Maputo and Matola, Mozambique

Cameron McCordic and Ezequiel Abrahamo

The rapid growth of Maputo and Matola (neighbouring cities in Southern Mozambique) has dramatically changed each city’s demographic and food insecurity profile. Previous research in Maputo indicates that household access to infrastructure plays an important role in determining vulnerability to food insecurity. This paper investigates (a) whether this relationship is also true of Matola and…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 21: Urban Informal Food Deserts in Windhoek, Namibia

Ndeyapo Nickanor, Lawrence Kazembe and Jonathan Crush

Informal settlements in rapidly-growing African cities are urban and peri-urban spaces with high rates of formal unemployment, poverty, poor health outcomes, limited service provision and chronic food insecurity. Traditional concepts of food deserts developed to describe North American and European cities do not accurately capture the realities of food inaccessibility in Africa’s urban informal food…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 20: Cross-Platform Food Shopping and Household Food Access in Nanjing, China

Cameron McCordic, Zhenzhong Si and Taiyang Zhong

Modern urban food systems have evolved into international, multi-scalar and complex networks. The historical evolution of the food system in Nanjing, China, exemplifies this complexity. Nanjing’s food system has undergone successive waves of modernization, bringing changes in consumer food sourcing behaviour along with it. Using household survey data, this investigation assesses the cross-platform food sourcing…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 19: Food Insecurity and Alternative Food Networks in Cities of the Global South

Gareth Haysom

Using the concept of Alternative Food Networks (AFNs), this discussion paper interrogates these networks and asks how they manifest in the context of food insecurity in cities of the global South. AFNs evident in Northern cities generally present a perspective of the food system that prioritises sustainability and a deep green and often local ethic,…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 18: Gender Inequality, Poverty and Urban Household Food Security in Cape Town

Mary Caesar and Liam Riley

This discussion paper aims to advance our understanding of the gendered nature of urban household food security and how it is shaped by the relationships between internal household gender dynamics and external social factors of gender- and race-based inequalities. The manifestation of the gender inequality-food security nexus at the household level is most evident in…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 17: Revisiting Africa’s Supermarket Revolution

Jonathan Crush, Ndeyapo Nickanor, Lawrence N. Kazembe, Jeremy Wagner

Africa is urbanizing at an unprecedented rate and food systems are undergoing rapid transformation. This transformation is being driven in part by a global supermarket revolution. However, the idea of an inexorable supermarket revolution on the continent has recently been contested. This paper examines the role of supermarkets in Namibia’s capital city Windhoek to test…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 16: Cheap Industrial Food and the Urban Margins

Tony Weis, Marylynn Steckley, Bruce Frayne

From the middle of the 20th century onwards, the productivity gains associated with high-input, high- yield monocultures and livestock operations have become increasingly central to global food security and to dynamics of urbanization across the global south. On one hand, competition has deflated prices and helped undermine the viability of small farm livelihoods in many…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 15: The Food Security Implications of Gendered Access to Education and Employment in Maputo

Cameron McCordic, Liam Riley, Ines Raimundo

The multiple linkages between gender and household food security in cities have been observed in diverse settings, at multiple scales, and through a variety of disciplinary lenses. The Hungry Cities Partnership is rooted in the importance of inclusive growth of cities, which includes a fundamental concern with gender-based injustices that reduce inclusivity, sustainability and food…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 14: The Impact of Proximity to Wet Markets and Supermarkets on Household Dietary Diversity in Nanjing City, China

Taiyang Zhong, Zhenzhong Si, Jonathan Crush, Zhiying Xu, Xianjin Huang, Steffanie Scott, Shuangshuang Tang, Xiang Zhang

Existing studies suggest that despite the proliferation of supermarkets, traditional wet markets have persisted in many countries and have been playing an important role in people’s daily food access. Yet, studies investigating the issue of food access and its influences on food security have mainly focused on food deserts and the proximity to supermarkets, with…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 13: The Growth of Food Banking in Cities of the Global South

Daniel N. Warshawsky

As the number and size of food banks increase globally, it is critical to research how food banks fit into existing food systems and their role in reducing food insecurity and food waste. After examining the political ecology of urban food waste in food systems, this discussion paper examines the globalization of food banking and…