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Handbook on Urban Food Security in the Global South

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Handbook on Urban Food Security in the Global South

9781786431509 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jonathan Crush, University Research Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada and Extraordinary Professor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, Bruce Frayne, Professor and Director, School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development, University of Waterloo, Canada and Gareth Haysom, Researcher, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Publication Date: December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78643 150 9 Extent: 432 pp
The ways in which the rapid urbanization of the Global South is transforming food systems and food supply chains, and the food security of urban populations is an often neglected topic. This international group of authors addresses this profound transformation from a variety of different perspectives and disciplinary lenses, providing an important corrective to the dominant view that food insecurity is a rural problem requiring increases in agricultural production.

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The ways in which rapid urbanization of the Global South are transforming food systems and food supply chains, and the food security of urban populations is an often neglected topic. This international group of authors addresses this profound transformation from a variety of different perspectives and disciplinary lenses, providing an important corrective to the dominant view that food insecurity is a rural problem requiring increases in agricultural production.

Starting from the premise that food security in urban areas is primarily a challenge of food access, the chapters explore the various economic, social, and governance policies and structures that constrain and inhibit the access of all to food of sufficient quantity and quality. As the Global South continues to urbanize, the challenge of feeding hungry cities will become even more daunting, and this Handbook explains why the existing food system, although undergoing rapid change, is inadequate for this task and cannot meet the challenge without substantial reform.

The Handbook as a whole, and the individual chapters, provide comprehensive overviews of relevant themes mixed with empirical, real-world examples for university readership teaching and taking courses on food systems, migration and urbanization, urban policy and planning, geography, agricultural economics, public health, and international development. It will also introduce practitioners to current debates in the field and provide strong support for the renewed, and growing, focus on the food security of urban populations.

The Handbook’s comprehensive overviews of relevant themes mixed with empirical, real-world examples are ideal for university readership. It will also introduce practitioners to current debates in the field and provide strong support for the renewed, and growing, focus on the food security of urban populations.
Critical Acclaim
‘With global rates of food insecurity surging, now more than ever we need to better understand the critical shifts impacting food systems around the world. Including essays from an impressive set of contributors, the Handbook on Urban Food Security in the Global South explores how and why hunger and malnutrition is on the rise in cities across the Global South. This is a must read for food security policymakers, scholars and students.’
– William G. Moseley, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Geography, and Director of the Program for Food, Agriculture & Society, Macalester College, US

‘This book challenges conventional thinking about food security as primarily a problem of limited food production. It shows the complexity and interconnectedness of urban food security issues, and the power of the globalized industrial food systems that frame the growing food insecurity of cities of the Global South. It shows decisively that tackling urban food security demands moving beyond the search for new “green revolutions”.’
– Bill Adams, Emeritus Moran Professor of Conservation and Development, University of Cambridge, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: S. Agarwal, J. Battersby, J.A. Berdegué, M. Caesar, A. Chikanda, P. Conforti, J. Crush, R. Das Nair, B. Dodson, O. Ecker, J. Fitzgibbons, B. Frayne, G. Haysom, M. Hernandez, S. Horton, M. Jonasova, J. Koberinski, J. Leroy, C.L. Mitchell, G. Ponzini, F.J. Proctor, T. Reardon, K. Regier, D. Resnick, L. Riley, M.T. Ruel, S. Scott, Z. Si, M. Steckley, C. Tacoli, G. Tawodzera, J. Tefft, J. Thurlow, D.N. Warshawsky, V. Watson, T. Weis, G. Young, A. Zezza
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction to urban food security in the Global South 1
Jonathan Crush, Bruce Frayne and Gareth Haysom
2 Food (in)security in rapidly urbanizing, low-income contexts 23
Cecilia Tacoli
3 Food systems transformation in an urbanizing world 34
James Tefft and Marketa Jonasova
4 An impermanent subsidy: Cheap industrial food and the urban margins 62
Tony Weis, Marylynn Steckley and Bruce Frayne
5 Urban/rural differences in stunting and obesity : Trends for low-income
and middle-income countries 79
Susan Horton
6 Scales of (in)action at the climate change–food security nexus in cities 94
Carrie L. Mitchell, Joanne Fitzgibbons, Kristen Regier and
Siya Agarwal
7 The “supermarket revolution” in the South 113
Reena das Nair
8 Urbanization and the quiet revolution in the midstream of agrifood
value chains 145
Thomas Reardon
9 Food systems at the rural–urban interface 166
Felicity J. Proctor and Julio A. Berdegué
10 The urban informal food sector in the Global South 198
Graeme Young and Jonathan Crush
11 The gender–urban-food interface in the Global South 218
Liam Riley and Belinda Dodson
12 Urban agriculture in low-income and middle-income countries 233
Piero Conforti, Giulia Ponzini and Alberto Zezza
13 Urban food security and South–South migration to cities of the
Global South 261
Abel Chikanda, Jonathan Crush and Godfrey Tawodzera
14 Food remittances and food security 282
Jonathan Crush and Mary Caesar
15 Industrialization, food safety and urban food security in the
Global South 307
Jodi Koberinski, Zhenzhong Si and Steffanie Scott
16 Food waste and the growth of food banks in the Global South 328
Daniel N. Warshawsky
17 The planned “city region” in the New Urban Agenda : An appropriate
framing for urban food security? 341
Jane Battersby and Vanessa Watson
18 Perspectives on urban food-system governance in the Global South 363
Gareth Haysom
19 Urban food systems and diets, nutrition, and health of the poor :
Challenges, opportunities, and research gaps 380
Marie T. Ruel, Jef L. Leroy, Olivier Ecker, Manuel Hernandez,
Danielle Resnick and James Thurlow

Index 397

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