Publications: Hungry Cities Papers

HCP Discussion Paper No. 5: Mapping the Informal Food Economy in Cape Town, South Africa

Jane Battersby, Maya Marshak, Ncedo Mngqibisa

The informal food retail sector is an important component of urban food systems and plays a vital role in ensuring access to food by the urban poor. Yet, policy frameworks both to address food security and to govern the informal sector neglect informal retail in the food system and, as a result, the sector is…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 4: Supermarkets, Wet Markets and Food Patronage in Nanjing, China

Zhenzhong Si, Steffanie Scott, Cameron McCordic

Although supermarkets have become a dominant food outlet for urban residents in developed countries, studies of food purchasing in developing countries such as China report a persistence of traditional food outlets, despite a proliferation of supermarkets over the past two decades. Yet, little is known about urban residents’ use of various food sources in the…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 3: Urban Food Deserts and Climate Change in African Cities

Mary Caesar & Jonathan Crush

The underlying assumption in much of the Euro-American food deserts literature is that urban food deserts are dynamic spaces, expanding and contracting with the advent and withdrawal of supermarkets. This discussion paper argues that to tie such dynamism purely to the spatial behaviour of formal food retail outlets is both narrow and inappropriate in the…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 2: Approaching Sustainable Urban Development in China through a Food System Planning Lens

Zhenzhong Si & Steffanie Scott

After more than two decades of rapid urbanization, Chinese cities now face severe sustainability chal- lenges in terms of balancing economic viability, social justice, and environmental protection goals. While various types of planning have long been adopted to cope with these challenges, food as a centrepiece of daily life and of social and economic activity…

HCP Discussion Paper No. 1: Hungry Cities of the Global South

Jonathan Crush

The recent inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda represents an important acknowledgement of the reality of global urbanization and the many social, economic, infrastructural and political challenges posed by the human transition to a predomi- nantly urban world. However, while the SDG provides goals for housing, transportation, land…