Publications: Reports

A Study of Current and Future Realities for Urban Food Security in South Africa

Jane Battersby, Gareth Haysom, Godfrey Tawodzera, Flo Kroll & Maya Marshak

2015, Report for South African Cities Network, Johannesburg. The brief for the study requested a particular focus on urban agriculture as this is the most common programmatic response by municipalities to food insecurity. However, in reviewing national large-scale surveys and smaller case studies, very little evidence was found to support the assertion that urban agriculture is an effective means of addressing food insecurity for the…

The State of Food Insecurity in Maputo, Mozambique

Ines Raimundo, Jonathan Crush & Wade Pendleton

2015, AFSUN Urban Food Security Series No. 20, Cape Town. Food insecurity is a fact of life for the vast majority of households across Maputo’s poverty belt. The Maputo urban food security survey done by AFSUN as part of its baseline survey of 11 Southern African cities found that households exist in a constant state…

Towards an Urban Africa Agenda

Edgar Pieterse, Susan Parnell & Gareth Haysom

2015, Background Report for UN-Habitat Africa Section. The report aims to strengthen Habitat Agenda Partners and other non-state actors in Sub-Saharan Africa in their policy dialogues and capacity-building processes. The report is designed to inform and enrich national level engagements across sub-Saharan Africa on advancing the urban agenda.

City Region Food Systems: A Literature Review

Alison Blay-Palmer, Henk Renting & Marielle Duebbling

2015, Report for Carasso Foundation. The aim of this report is to briefly and concisely analyse and systematise the content, definitions and delimitations of the concept of City Region Food Systems on the basis of a review of literature, ongoing experiences and analysis of scientific and policy debates.

Informal Migrant Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Growth in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Jonathan Crush, Caroline Skinner & Abel Chikanda

2015, SAMP Migration Policy Series No. 68, Cape Town. While increasing attention is being paid to the drivers and forms of entrepreneurship in informal economies, much less of this policy and research focus is directed at understanding the links between mobility and informality. This report examines the current state of knowledge about this relationship with…

Informal Migrant Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Growth in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Jonathan Crush, Caroline Skinner & Abel Chikanda

SAMP Migration Policy Series No. 68, Cape Town. Abstract While increasing attention is being paid to the drivers and forms of entrepreneurship in informal economies, much less of this policy and research focus is directed at understanding the links between mobility and informality. This report examines the current state of knowledge about this relationship with…

The Role of the Informal Economy in Addressing Urban Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Elizabeth Fraser, Malambo Moonga, Johanna Wilkes

2014, CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief, No. 14, August 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is facing high rates of urbanization and increasing food insecurity. The informal food economy addresses food insecurity by providing access to affordable food and significant employment opportunities to the urban poor in the SSA. The authors of the latest installment of the…