Publications: Reports

HCP Workshop in Nanjing Report

Zhenzhong Si

The Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP) and Nanjing University, China organized a workshop entitled “Wet Market and Urban Food System in Nanjing” on January 12, 2017 at the School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences of Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. The workshop aimed to disseminate the results of the HCP household food security survey in Nanjing…

Governance and Legislative Reform

Edgar Pieterse

Background Report for UN-Habitat World Cities Report.

The State of Poverty and Food Insecurity in Maseru

Resetselemang Leduka, Jonathan Crush, Bruce Frayne and Cameron McCordic

2015, AFSUN Urban Food Security Series No. 21, Cape Town. This report on food insecurity in urban Lesotho is the latest in a series on Southern African cities issued by AFSUN. Like the previous reports, it focuses on one city (Maseru) and on poor neighbourhoods and households in that city. More than 60% of poor households…

Future South African Food System Scenarios

Jane Battersby, Gareth Haysom, Godfrey Tawodzera, Florian Kroll and Maya Marshak

Sustainable Cities Programme. South African Cities Network (SACN).

Towards Democratic Urban Food Systems Governance: Re-Interpreting the Urban Food Security Mandate

Jane Battersby, Gareth Haysom, Florian Kroll and Maya Marshak

2015, Sustainable Cities Programme. South African Cities Network (SACN). Although South Africa is food security at a national level, there is widespread household food insecurity. Despite clear evidence of high levels of urban food insecurity, the problem is generally framed as being predominantly rural. This has led to a neglect of urban considerations in food security…

Looking Beyond Urban Agriculture Extending Urban Food Policy Responses

Jane Battersby, Gareth Haysom, Godfrey Tawodzera, Florian Kroll and Maya Marshak

2015, Sustainable Cities Programme. South African Cities Network (SACN). Although there are high levels of food insecurityi in South Africa’s cities and towns, the problem continues to be framed as predominantly rural in nature. This has led to policies and programmes that fail to acknowledge urban food insecurity. Local governments have no clear mandate to address…

Retail Planning as a Means to Support Food Security: A Role for Urban Planning

Jane Battersby, Gareth Haysom, Godfrey Tawodzera, Florian Kroll and Maya Marshak

2015. Sustainable Cities Programme, South African Cities Network (SACN). South Africa’s towns and cities experience high levels of food insecurity.i Although municipalities have no direct mandate to address food insecurity, many municipalities have attempted to alleviate food insecurity. These efforts have generally focused on the promotion of urban agriculture. However, the vast majority of urban…

The Return of Food: Poverty and Urban Food Security in Zimbabwe After the Crisis

Godfrey Tawodzera, Liam Riley and Jonathan Crush

AFSUN Urban Food Security Series No. 23, Cape Town. The nadir of Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis in 2008 coin- cided with the implementation of a baseline household food security survey in Harare by AFSUN. This survey found that households in low- income urban areas in Zimbabwe’s capital were far worse off in terms of…

The Informal Economy’s Role in Feeding Cities: A Missing Link in Policy Debates?

Caroline Skinner and Gareth Haysom

PLAAS/CoEFS Working Paper 4, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, Belville.  

Urban Strategies for Sustainable Cities in Africa

Edgar Pieterse, Anton Cartwright and Susan Parnell

OECD/AfDB/UNDP Africa Economic Outlook 2016: Sustainable Cities. While urbanisation does not in and of itself create structural transformation, it is a fundamental megatrend that will continue to profoundly transform African societies and economies in the coming decades (Chapter 6). More can and must be made of this megatrend for advancing the agenda of sustainable development…