Publications: Journal Articles

Addressing Urban Food Security in African Cities

Jane Battersby, Vanessa Watson

Nature Sustainability. 2018, 1: 153–155.  In sub-Saharan Africa, the food system impacts on a number of urban development issues such as poverty, unemployment and poor health. Informal traders meet the food needs of many poor urban households. However, supermarket chains are changing this, demanding particular policy and planning responses.

Mumps Outbreak in Copperbelt Province, Zambia: Epidemiological Characteristics

Rufaro M. Chirambo, Peter Songolo, Freddie Masaninga, Lawrence N. Kazembe

Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2018, 5(4): 190-195. Background Mumps are known to occur in Zambia, but outbreaks are rare. Here we report on a recent mumps outbreak, between January and September, 2015. Objective The study was to verify the existence and extent of mumps outbreak in Copperbelt province; to describe the epidemiological characteristics of the…

Food Remittances and Food Security: A Review

Jonathan Crush, Mary Caesar

Migration and Development. 2018, 7(2): 180-200. The global attention paid to cash remittances over the past decade has resulted in an extremely solid evidence base on international, regional and national level remitting behaviour and impacts. Little attention, however, has been paid to food remitting and its development contribution, including to the welfare and food security…

Urbanization in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation

Burak Güneralp, Shuaib Lwasa, Hillary Masundire, Susan Parnell, Karen C Seto

Environmental Research Letters. 2018, 13. Africa, a continent exceptionally rich in biodiversity, is rapidly urbanizing. Africa’s urbanization is manifest in the growth of its megacities as well as that of its smaller towns and cities. The conservation planning and practice will increasingly need to account for direct and indirect impacts of the continent’s urbanization. The objective…

Measurement Drives Diagnosis and Response: Gaps in Transferring Food Security Assessment to the Urban Scale

Gareth Haysom, Godfrey Tawodzera

Food Policy. 2018, 74: 117-125. The understanding of food security has seen major shifts since the original conceptualisations of the challenge. These changes in understanding have been accompanied by different food security measurement approaches. Despite the fact that the world has become increasingly urbanised and the developing world in particular, is experiencing its own urban…

Age and Sex-Specific Risk Factors for Non-communicable Diseases Among Adults in Namibia: A Case Study of Diabetes and Hypertension

Nelago Indongo, Lawrence N. Kazembe

Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. 2018, 7 (1): 20-36. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become a major public health concern in both developed and developing countries. In Namibia, NCD attributable deaths are increasing; estimated at about 43% of all the deaths. Mapping context-specific risk factors of NCDs is critical for public health interventions.…

Communities of practice in the National ICT Policy for Education: A case study of the Faculty of Education at the University of Namibia

Albert Isaacs, Collins Kazondovi, Lawrence Kazembe

International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research. 2018, 6(2):652-661.

An Evaluation of the National Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Policy at the University of Namibia in the Faculty of Education

Albert Isaacs, Lawrence Kazembe, Collins Kazondovi

Higher Education for the Future. 2018, 5(1): 104–118. The purpose of this evaluation study was to determine the extent to which the teacher educators in the Faculty of Education at the University of Namibia implemented the national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy for Education. This study employed both the quantitative method in the form of…

Urban Shocks: The Relationship Between Food Prices and Food Security in Lesotho

Cameron McCordic, Jonathan Crush, Bruce Frayne

Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2018, Feb. The 2008 Food Price Crisis is estimated to have affected millions, forcing households into deeper poverty and food insecurity. However, nationally aggregated surveys demonstrate a remarkable degree of heterogeneity in the food insecurity impacts of high food prices. This investigation uses household survey data collected from the…

Modelling Spatio-temporal Patterns of Disease for Spatially Misaligned Data: An Application on Measles Incidence Data in Namibia from 2005-2014

D. Ntirampeba, I. Neema, LN. Kazembe

PLoS ONE. 2018, 13(8): e0201700. BACKGROUND: Making inferences about measles distribution patterns at small area level is vital for more focal targeted intervention. However, in statistical literature, the analysis of originally collected data on one resolution with the purpose to make inferences on a different level of spatial resolution is referred to as the misalignment problem. In…