Research & Innovation 2015-16 - Page 54

Thought leader
Governing food systems to
alleviate urban food insecurity
As Africa urbanises and the locus of poverty shifts to urban centres, there is
an imperative to address poverty and its associated problem – urban food
insecurity – in African cities. The global development agenda is increasingly
focusing on urban issues; most notably, the urban goal of the new
sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their New Urban Agenda. Despite
the centrality of food to the health and well-being of urban residents, and the
role of the food system in the local economy, there has been relatively little
research on urban food security or urban food systems in the African context.
There has also been little attention paid to the governance of the urban food
system to the ends of alleviating urban poverty, and to the role of urban
planning in achieving this, write Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom.

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