Wet Markets, Supermarkets and Alternative Food Sources: Consumers’ Food Access in Nanjing, China

Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 2018 (online) 

Based on a survey of 1,210 households in Nanjing, China, the article looks at the purchasing frequency of various food items in different food retail outlets, the accessibility of these outlets and the use of different food sources. We found that while supermarkets are the top venues for purchasing staple grains, dairy products and processed food, wet markets still prevail for purchasing fresh produce and meat. The data also depict the complexity of food sources beyond conventional retailing outlets. We recommend that Chinese food security policies be broadened to incorporate urban food environment considerations and diverse food sources.

Zhenzhong Si, Steffanie Scott, Cameron McCordic