Publications: Special Issues

Urban Food Deserts: Perspectives from the Global South

Sustainability Special Issue Edited by Jonathan Crush and Zhenzhong Si The industrialization of the urban food system, alongside the proliferation of supermarkets, has dramatically transformed the landscape of food accessibility in cities. In many countries, especially the US, the spatial consolidation of food provisioning has deprived many urban neighbourhoods of easy access to food, particularly…

Cultivating the Migration-Food Security Nexus

Jonathan Crush, Mary Caesar (eds.)

2017. International Migration 55(4).  

Africa’s Urban Food Deserts

Jane Battersby and Jonathan Crush

Urban Forum 2014, 25(2): 143-151. Since the mid-1990s, the concept of the ‘urban food desert’ has been extensively applied to deprived neighbourhoods in European and North American cities. Food deserts are usually characterised as economically-disadvantaged areas where there is relatively poor access to healthy and affordable food because of the absence of modern retail outlets (such…