Publications: Journal Articles

Seeking Common Ground for Food Systems Transformation

Alison Blay-Palmer, I. Knezevic, and A. Spring

Dialogues in Human Geography. 2014, 4(2): 185-189. While theoretically the terms food sovereignty and food security are often very differently nuanced, in practice they commonly provide valuable and complementary foundations for food system transformation. Our goal is to illuminate spaces where food is/has been a lever for change through a combination of food security and…

Uganda’s Emerging Urban Policy Environment: Implications for Urban Food Security and Urban Migrants

Andrea Brown

Urban Forum. 2014, 25 (2): 253-264. In recognition of the challenges posed by Uganda’s rapid urbanization, the national government is in the process of developing a Uganda national urban policy (UNUP). The government is also preparing a “stringent” new national migration policy. Up to now, Uganda’s policy environment has ignored the urban dimensions of poverty and…

Shoppers’ Perceived Embeddedness and Its Impact on Purchasing Behavior at an Organic Farmers’ Market

Weiping Chen & Steffanie Scott

Appetite. 2014, 83: 57-62. This study explores the concept of perceived embeddedness (PE) and its impact on purchasing behavior at an organic farmers’ market. Based on a review of the prior literature, the study refines the conceptualization and measurement of PE as a second-order factor construct reflected in its three dimensions: perceived social embeddedness, perceived…

World Hunger and the Global Economy: Strong Linkages, Weak Action

Jennifer Clapp

Journal of International Affairs. 2014, 67(2): 1-17. This paper probes some of the global economic forces that have contributed to the ongoing precarious global food security situation, especially in the years since the 2007 to 2008 food crisis. Since the crisis hit at a time when global food production per capita was rising, it is important…

Food Security and Food Sovereignty: Getting Past the Binary

Jennifer Clapp

Dialogues in Human Geography. 2014, 4(2): 206-211. The terms food security and food sovereignty originally emerged as separate terms to describe different things. The former is a concept that describes a condition regarding access to adequate food, while the latter is more explicitly a political agenda for how to address inadequate access to food and…

City Without Choice: Urban Food Insecurity in Msunduzi, South Africa

Jonathan Crush and Mary Caesar

Urban Forum 2014, 25: 165-75. The official moniker of the city of Msunduzi in Kwazulu-Natal is “city of choice.” The economic revival of Msunduzi over the past decade has been driven by the influx of capital to a city that claims to offer significant advantages to the investor. This paper examines whether this marketing ploy has…

Urbanization, Nutrition and Development in Southern African Cities

Bruce Frayne, Jonathan Crush & Milla McLachlan

Food Security. 2o14, 6(1): 101-112. This paper draws on exisiting studies and survey data collected from 11 cities in nine Southern African countries by the African Food Security Urban Network in order to explore the relationship between urban poverty and food and nutrition insecurity in Southern Africa. The paper demonstrates that poverty underpins the high…

Growing Out of Poverty: Does Urban Agriculture Contribute to Household Food Security in Southern African Cities?

Bruce Frayne, Cameron McCordic & Helena Shilomboleni

Urban Forum. 2014, 25 (2): 177-189. The literature on urban agriculture (UA) as a food security and poverty alleviation strategy is bifurcating into two distinct positions. The first is that UA is a viable and effective pro-poor development strategy, and the second is that UA has demonstrated limited positive outcomes on either food security or…

Assessing Contributions of Urban Agriculture to Household Food Security in Southern African Cities

Bruce Frayne, Cameron McCordic & Helena Shilomboleni

Urban Forum. 2014, 25(2):177-198. The literature on urban agriculture (UA) as a food security and poverty alleviation strategy is bifurcating into two distinct positions. The first is that UA is a viable and effective pro-poor development strategy, and the second is that UA has demonstrated limited positive outcomes on either food security or poverty. These two…

Vulnerability to Food Insecurity in Urban Slums: Experiences from Nairobi, Kenya

Elizabeth Kimani-Murage, L. Schofield, Frederick Wekesah, S. Mohamed, Blessing Mberu et al

Journal of Urban Health. 2014, 91: 1098-1113. Food and nutrition security is critical for economic development due to the role of nutrition in healthy growth and human capital development. Slum residents, already grossly affected by chronic poverty, are highly vulnerable to different forms of shocks, including those arising from political instability. This study describes the food security…