The Interface Between Urbanization, Gender and Food in the Global South

Liam Riley and Belinda Dodson

The interface between urbanization, gender and food in the Global South offers a vantage point from which to think through the integrated nature of contemporary development challenges from both the structural elements of urban poverty and the ways in which urban residents navigate their cities. The starting point of this paper is that there is insufficient research from the vantage point where all three of these concepts interface, even as there is a rich body of literature at the interface of each pair of elements (e.g., gender and urbanization, gender and food, food and urbanization). This paper draws attention to the importance of the three-way interface through a review of literature on issues including the nature of households, household strategies, and the nutrition transition, with reference to economic, cultural, social, environmental, and epistemological concerns.

Discussion Paper No. 36

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