Publications: AFSUN-FUEL

No. 29: Food Security in Africa’s Secondary Cities: No. 3. Dschang, Cameroon

Alexander Legwegoh, Yanick Borel Kamga, Liam Riley, Lekeufack Martin and Patrick Njukeng

This report forms part of the African Food Security Urban Network’s efforts to increase knowledge on urban food systems and household food insecurity in Africa’s cities. Focusing on food security in the municipality of Dschang in Cameroon, the report builds on studies of secondary cities in Malawi and Namibia. These studies confirm that household food…

No. 28: Food Security in Africa’s Secondary Cities: No. 2. The Oshakati-Ongwediva-Ondangwa Corridor, Namibia

Ndeyapo Nickanor, Lawrence Kazembe and Jonathan Crush

This is the first research report to examine the nature and drivers of food insecurity in the northern Namibian towns of Oshakati, Ongwediva, and Ondangwa. As well as forming part of a new body of research on secondary urbanization and food security in Africa, the report makes systematic comparisons between the food security situation in…

No. 27: Food Security in Africa’s Secondary Cities: No. 1. Mzuzu, Malawi

Liam Riley, Emmanuel Chilanga, Lovemore Zuze and Amanda Joynt

This report marks the first stage of AFSUN’s goal of expanding knowledge about urban food systems and experiences of household food insecurity in secondary African cities. It contributes to an understanding of poverty and sustainability in Mzuzu, Malawi, through the lens of household food security. The focus on food as an urban issue not only…

No. 26: The Supermarket Revolution and Food Security in Namibia

Ndeyapo Nickanor, Lawrence Kazembe, Jonathan Crush and Jeremy Wagner

The surprisingly high rate of supermarket patronage in low-income areas of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital and largest city, is at odds with conventional wisdom that supermarkets in African cities are primarily patronized by middle and high-income residents and therefore target their neighbourhoods. What is happening in Namibia and other Southern African countries that make supermarkets so…

No. 25: Food Insecurity in Informal Settlements in Lilongwe, Malawi

Emmanuel Chilanga, Liam Riley, Juliana Ngwira, Chisomo Chalinda and Lameck Masitala

Although there is widespread food availability in urban areas across the Global South, it is not correlated with universal access to adequate amounts of nutritious foods. This report is based on a household survey conducted in 2015 in six low-income informal areas in Malawi’s capital city, where three-quarters of the population live in informal settlements.…

No. 24: Mapping the Invisible: The Informal Food Economy of Cape Town, South Africa

Jane Battersby, Maya Marshak and Ncedo Mngqibisa

The informal food retail sector, which is diverse in terms of products traded as well as business models utilized, is an important component of urban food systems and plays a vital role in ensuring access to food by the urban poor. Yet, policy frameworks both to address food security and to govern the informal sector…

No. 23: The Food Insecurities of Zimbabwean Migrants in Urban South Africa

Jonathan Crush & Godfrey Tawodzera

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 and diversity of their diet. What seems clear is…

No. 22: The Return of Food: Poverty and Urban Food Security in Zimbabwe after the Crisis

Godfrey Tawodzera, Liam Riley and Jonathan Crush

The nadir of Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis in 2008 coincided with the implementation of a baseline household food security survey in Harare by AFSUN. This survey found that households in lowincome urban areas in Zimbabwe’s capital were far worse off in terms of all the food insecurity and poverty indicators than households in the…

No. 21: The State of Poverty and Food Insecurity in Maseru, Lesotho

Resetselemang Leduka, Jonathan Crush, Bruce Frayne, Cameron McCordic, Thope Matobo, Ts’episo E. Makoa, Matseliso Mphale, Mmantai Phaila and Moipone Letsie

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 surveyed in Maseru were severely food insecure. While food…

No. 20: The State of Food Insecurity in Maputo, Mozambique

Ines Raimundo, Jonathan Crush and Wade Pendleton

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 of food insecurity manifested in a lack of access to…