Publications: Journal Articles

The Food Desert as a Concept and Policy Tool in African Cities: An Opportunity and a Risk

Jane Battersby

Sustainability. 2019, 11(2): 458. The idea that food insecurity can be resolved by increasing the presence of supermarkets has been gaining traction in African cities and has recently gained political traction in Africa. This paper interrogates the potential value and risks associated with the adoption of the discourse of the food desert in the African…

Building a Global Urban Science

Michele Acuto, Susan Parnell, Karen C. Seto

Nature Sustainability. 2018, 1: 2–4.   

Food Price, Food Security and Dietary Diversity: A Comparative Study of Urban Cameroon and Ghana

Krishna Bahadur KC, Alexander F. Legwegoh, Alex Therien, Evan D.G. Fraser, Philip Antwi‐Agyei

Journal of International Development. 2018, 30(1): 42-60. This paper contributes to the urban food security literature by presenting the results of 600 household surveys conducted in Ghana and Cameroon. In this, we show how dietary diversity, which is a well‐developed proxy for food security, is similar in both countries but varies significantly based on household…

Addressing Urban Food Security in African Cities

Jane Battersby, Vanessa Watson

Nature Sustainability. 2018, 1: 153–155.  In sub-Saharan Africa, the food system impacts on a number of urban development issues such as poverty, unemployment and poor health. Informal traders meet the food needs of many poor urban households. However, supermarket chains are changing this, demanding particular policy and planning responses.

Mumps Outbreak in Copperbelt Province, Zambia: Epidemiological Characteristics

Rufaro M. Chirambo, Peter Songolo, Freddie Masaninga, Lawrence N. Kazembe

Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2018, 5(4): 190-195. Background Mumps are known to occur in Zambia, but outbreaks are rare. Here we report on a recent mumps outbreak, between January and September, 2015. Objective The study was to verify the existence and extent of mumps outbreak in Copperbelt province; to describe the epidemiological characteristics of the…

Food Remittances and Food Security: A Review

Jonathan Crush, Mary Caesar

Migration and Development. 2018, 7(2): 180-200. The global attention paid to cash remittances over the past decade has resulted in an extremely solid evidence base on international, regional and national level remitting behaviour and impacts. Little attention, however, has been paid to food remitting and its development contribution, including to the welfare and food security…

Urbanization in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation

Burak Güneralp, Shuaib Lwasa, Hillary Masundire, Susan Parnell, Karen C Seto

Environmental Research Letters. 2018, 13. Africa, a continent exceptionally rich in biodiversity, is rapidly urbanizing. Africa’s urbanization is manifest in the growth of its megacities as well as that of its smaller towns and cities. The conservation planning and practice will increasingly need to account for direct and indirect impacts of the continent’s urbanization. The objective…

Measurement Drives Diagnosis and Response: Gaps in Transferring Food Security Assessment to the Urban Scale

Gareth Haysom, Godfrey Tawodzera

Food Policy. 2018, 74: 117-125. The understanding of food security has seen major shifts since the original conceptualisations of the challenge. These changes in understanding have been accompanied by different food security measurement approaches. Despite the fact that the world has become increasingly urbanised and the developing world in particular, is experiencing its own urban…

Age and Sex-Specific Risk Factors for Non-communicable Diseases Among Adults in Namibia: A Case Study of Diabetes and Hypertension

Nelago Indongo, Lawrence N. Kazembe

Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. 2018, 7 (1): 20-36. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become a major public health concern in both developed and developing countries. In Namibia, NCD attributable deaths are increasing; estimated at about 43% of all the deaths. Mapping context-specific risk factors of NCDs is critical for public health interventions.…

Communities of practice in the National ICT Policy for Education: A case study of the Faculty of Education at the University of Namibia

Albert Isaacs, Collins Kazondovi, Lawrence Kazembe

International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research. 2018, 6(2):652-661.