Publications: Journal Articles

Rural Land Rights Reform and Agro-environmental Sustainability: Empirical Evidence from China

Yuting Xu, Xianjin Huang, Helen X.H. Bao, Xiang Ju, Taiyang Zhong, Zhigang Chen, Yan Zhou

Land Use Policy. 2018, 74: 73-87. The landscape of China’s rural land market has been changed by several significant land right reforms since the 1970s. It is always of great interest to both the government and the public to gauge the effectiveness of these reforms. We address this question by investigating the impact of a recent land use right…

Links Between China’s “Virtual Land Use” and Farmland Loss

Zhiying Xu, Taiyang Zhong, Steffanie Scott, Yumei Tang, Guoliang Xu, Qiong He

Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 2018, (Online) China has experienced notable loss of farmland and increase in food imports during the past three decades. This article provides an econometric examination of the interactions between virtual land use through food trade and farmland loss in China. The results show that net virtual land imports have grown…

Impact of the Top-down Quota-oriented Farmland Preservation Planning on the Change of Urban Land-use Intensity in China

Taiyang Zhong, Zhu Qian, Xianjin Huang, Yuntai Zhao, Yan Zhou, Zehui Zhao

Habitat International. 2018, 77: 71-79.  Although the National General Land Use Plan (1997–2010) came into effect in 1999, there has been no research investigating whether the farmland protection planning embedded within the top-down general land-use plans has contributed to promoting intensive utilization of urban land. This paper aims to assess the impact of farmland preservation efforts in…

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 and Xiang Zhang

Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1465. This study investigated the influence of the proximity to wet markets and supermarkets on urban household dietary diversity in Nanjing. Based on the data collected through a citywide survey in 2015 and the map data of wet markets and supermarkets, the Poisson regression model was deployed to examine the correlations between geographical proximity…

Food System Transformation in the Absence of Food System Planning: The Case of Supermarket and Shopping Mall Retail Expansion in Cape Town, South Africa

Jane Battersby

Built Environment. 2017, 43(3): 417-430. The South African, and wider African, food system is undergoing a rapid transformation, with an associated transformation in nutrition. Both transformations are most advanced in cities where the food system is increasingly characterized by the presence of supermarkets and fast food outlets in malls selling highly processed foods. While local…

MDGs to SDGs-New Goals, Same Gaps: The Continued Absence of Urban Food Security in the Post 2015 Global Development Agenda

Jane Battersby

African Geographical Review. 2017, 36(1): 115-129. Hunger and food insecurity have held prominent positions in the framing of both the Millennium Development Goals and the succeeding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This paper argues, however, that the food goal proposed within the SDGs is flawed in its approach towards achieving food security through its neglect of…

Informal Entrepreneurship and Cross-Border Trade Between Mozambique and South Africa

Abel Chikanda, Ines Raimundo

African Human Mobility Review. 2017, 3: 943-974. Informal cross-border trading is an essential part of Maputo’s informal economy. This paper presents the results of a 2014 SAMP survey of informal entrepreneurs involved in cross-border trade between Johannesburg and Maputo. A questionnaire was administered to a sample of 403 informal traders in 7 markets in Maputo.…

Introduction: Cultivating the Migration-Food Security Nexus

Jonathan Crush, Mary Caesar

International Migration 2017, 55: 19-17. In a recent survey of the migration and development research literature, Clemens et al. (2014) argue that the field has broadened out considerably from its traditional focus on rural‐urban migration and international remittances. New and emerging areas of focus include human capital investment, global diaspora networks, circular or temporary migration, and the…

The Hungry Cities Food Purchases Matrix: Household Food Sourcing and Food System Interaction

Jonathan Crush, Cameron McCordic

Urban Forum. 2017, 28(4): 421-433. Urban food insecurity is partly the result of interactions between households and the broader food system. There is considerable discussion and debate on the most appropriate measures of household food insecurity but very little on how to quantify interactions between households and the system. One priority is to develop food security…

South-South Migration and Urban Food Security: Zimbabwean Migrants in South African Cities

Jonathan Crush, Godfrey Tawodzera

Journal of International Migration. 2017, 55(4): 88-102. The drivers of food insecurity in rapidly‐growing urban areas of the Global South are receiving more research and policy attention, but the precise connections between urbanization and urban food security are still largely unexplored. In particular, the levels and causes of food insecurity amongst new migrants to the…