Publications: Reports

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…

Alternative Food Geographies

Gareth Haysom

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

Food Remittances: Migration and Food Security in Africa

Jonathan Crush and Mary Caesar

SAMP Migration Policy Series No. 72, Cape Town and Waterloo.

The Food Insecurities of Zimbabwean Migrants in Urban South Africa

Jonathan Crush and Godfrey Tawodzera

AFSUN Urban Food Security Series No. 23, Cape Town. This report examines the food security status of Zimbabwean migrant households in the poorer areas of two major South African cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The vast majority were food insecure in terms of the amount of food to which they had access and the quality…

Food System and Food Security Study

Jane Battersby, Gareth Haysom, Godfrey Tawodzera, Milla McLachlan, Jonathan Crush et al

2014,  for the City of Cape Town, Cape Town. Abstract A long-term vision is needed for an improved food systeminCapeTownwiththeshorttermobjectiveof eradicating chronic food insecurity. To meet the challenges of improving nutrition and feeding a growing population in the face of rapid urbanisa- tion, the council and city planners must make the metropolitan food supply system…