Publications: Journal Articles

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…

Refugee Entrepreneurial Economics in Urban South Africa

Jonathan Crush, Godfrey Tawodzera, Cameron McCordic, Sujata Ramachandran and Robertson Tengeh

Journal of African Human Mobility Review. 2017, 3(2): 783-819 The case-study literature on refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa is dominated by an overwhelming focus on the problems they face and their marginalised existence, reinforcing an image of victimhood, exploitation and vulnerability. In this paper, we seek to broaden the image of refugees and their…

The Owners of Xenophobia: Zimbabwean Informal Enterprise and Xenophobic Violence in South Africa

Jonathan Crush, Godfrey Tawodzera, Abel Chikanda, Daniel Tevera

Journal of African Human Mobility Review. 2017, 3(2): 879-909. This paper is a contribution to our understanding of the intertwined economic and political crises in Zimbabwe and the crisis of xenophobia in South Africa. There have been few studies to date specifically examining the impact of xenophobic violence on Zimbabweans trying to make a living…

Urban Agriculture and Urban Food Insecurity in Maseru, Lesotho

Jonathan Crush, Bruce Frayne, Cameron McCordic

Journal of Food Security. 2017, 5(2): 33-42. Lesotho is facing continued and widespread food insecurity. In spite of a rapidly growing urban population, food security interventions and paradigms have primarily focused on bolstering food production within the country. This paper assesses the extent to which household engagement in urban agriculture in Maseru is associated with…

(Re)constructing Informality and “Doing Regularization” in the Conservation Zone of Mexico City

Priscilla Connolly, Jill Wigle

Planning Theory and Practice. 2017, 18 (2): 183-201 This paper examines the introduction of land-use planning requirements into the regularization process of informal settlements in areas designated as “conservation land” in Mexico City. Since 1997, the government has increasingly deployed digital technologies to map and track informal settlement in conservation land in order to select those…