Publications: AFSUN-FUEL

No. 19: The State of Food Insecurity in Lusaka, Zambia

Chileshe Mulenga

The Lusaka urban food security survey done by AFSUN as part of its baseline survey of 11 Southern African cities found that up to 93% of the households in the informal settlements, which house three-quarters of the Zambian capital’s population, were food insecure. A paltry 8% were food secure. Worse still, most of the households…

No. 18: The State of Food Insecurity in Blantyre City, Malawi

Peter Mvula & Asiyati Chiweza

The study established that household dietary diversity is very low with most consuming a monotonous diet dominated by grain foods, especially maize. While the dependence on maize and its availability on the market means that absolute levels of food insecurity are lower here than in many other cities surveyed by AFSUN, there is also a…

No. 17: The State of Food Insecurity in Gaborone, Botswana

Ben Acquah, Stephen Kapunda, Alexander Legwegoh, Thando Gwebu, Tirelo Modie-Moroka, Kesitegile Gobotswang and Aloysius Mosha

The study, which formed part of AFSUN’s baseline survey of 11 Southern African cities, collected data on a broad range of issues that affect household food insecurity and found that four out of five households in the surveyed areas in Gaborone reported severe or moderate food insecurity. Only 18% were either food secure or mildly…

No. 16: The State of Food Insecurity in Msunduzi, South Africa

Mary Caesar, Mary Caesar, Jonathan Crush and Trevor Hill Crush and Trevor Hill

There is plenty of food in Msunduzi, in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, but the urban poor regularly go hungry. This study of Msunduzi’s food security situation formed part of AFSUN’s baseline survey of eleven Southern African cities. The survey results show that the urban poor in Msunduzi are significantly worse off than their counterparts in…

No. 15: The State of Food Insecurity in Manzini, Swaziland

Nomcebo Simelane & Daniel Tevera

This study of the food security situation of the poor in Manzini, Swaziland’s economic hub, formed part of AFSUN’s baseline survey of eleven Southern African cities. It found that the urban poor here are less food secure than in any of the other cities in the survey. On the basis of the findings presented in…

No. 14: The State of Food Insecurity in Windhoek, Namibia

Wade Pendleton, Ndeyapo Nickanor and Akiser Pomuti

AFSUN recently conducted a survey of poor urban households in eleven major cities in Southern Africa to better understand the seriousness of the urban food insecurity situation. This report looks in detail at the results for Windhoek and seeks to answer one central question, that is, why do the urban poor in Namibia’s capital generally…

No. 13: The State of Food Insecurity in Harare, Zimbabwe

Godfrey Tawodzera, Lazarus Zanamwe and Jonathan Crush

This paper presents and discusses the results of that survey and shows that Harare had become the most food insecure city in the SADC region by 2008. Levels of food insecurity were extraordinarily high as poor households struggled to find the income to purchase what little food was available in the shops and informal markets.…

No. 12: The State of Food Insecurity in Johannesburg

Michael Rudolph, Florian Kroll, Shaun Ruysenaar and Tebogo Dlamini

Johannesburg is the economic hub of South Africa and the Southern African region. At the same time, it is a city of extremes which juxtaposes ostentatious wealth and conspicuous consumption with grinding poverty and food insecurity. Not enough is known about the prevalence and nature of food insecurity in the city, making it dif!cult to…

No. 11: The State of Urban Food Insecurity in Cape Town

Jane Battersby

Cape Town is one of the wealthiest cities in the Southern African region. Yet, the vast majority of households in poor areas of the city experience food insecurity. This paper uses AFSUN data to examine the characteristics and drivers of food insecurity in Cape Town. While food insecurity correlates closely with income poverty and household…

No. 10: Gender and Food Insecurity in Southern African Cities

Belinda Dodson, Asiyati Chiweza and Liam Riley

This gender analysis of the findings of AFSUN’s baseline survey of poor urban households in eleven cities in Southern Africa in 2008 and 2009 has implications for urban, national and regional policy interventions aimed at reducing urban food insecurity. By comparing female-centred and other households, light is shed both on the determinants of urban food…