Urban Food Futures

Rethinking the urban-food nexus for more inclusive and resilient urban futures

Rapid, and largely unplanned urban expansion adds to the multiplicity of existing challenges linked to growing economic and social inequality in Africa. These are manifested in inadequate access to adequate and nutritious food for the majority of urban residents, which is in large part linked to the lack of inclusive policy and governance structures that safeguard the fundamental rights of all citizens.
This transdisciplinary action-research programme is primarily implemented in Nairobi and Cape Town, with additional case studies in selected African cities. By working closely with, and building on the knowledge and perspectives of local communities in the respective research sites, we aim to re-envision the urban-food nexus towards more inclusive and resilient futures.
Ultimately, we aim to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and especially SDG1 (no poverty), SDG2 (zero hunger), SDG11 (sustainable cities and communities), and SDG17 (partnerships for the goals).
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News & Blog Posts

Could “Urban Nutrition Hubs” offer a systemic response to entrenched hunger and inequality?
Blog Post

Could “Urban Nutrition Hubs” offer a systemic response to entrenched hunger and inequality?

Take aways from a policy engagement event in Cape Town
What's cooking? Adding critical feminist research to the pot
Publication

What's cooking? Adding critical feminist research to the pot

A new working paper exploring how community kitchens, school feeding programmes and informal savings schemes support communities in time of multiple crises and food insecurity
Integrating food sensitive planning and urban design into urban governance actions
Publication

Integrating food sensitive planning and urban design into urban governance actions

An analysis of the scales and concepts of governance and urban food systems, with an eye to the role of societal and community-level agency in disrupting current models of urban food governance
With pots and pens to parliament – Understanding and responding to crises through a critical feminist lens
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With pots and pens to parliament – Understanding and responding to crises through a critical feminist lens

A blog commemorating Women’s Day in South Africa, 9 August
Poetry meets food research
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Poetry meets food research

Probing the interplay of creative forms of expressions and more traditional research communication, FACT and TMG's Urban Food Futures programme hosted a session on 'The Art and Poetics of Urgency' at this year's RISE Africa Action Festival
What are you dishing up? The art of storytelling in transforming urban food systems
Blog Post

What are you dishing up? The art of storytelling in transforming urban food systems

The uPhakantoni Cape Town Podcast creates a space for conversations around poverty and hunger enabling people to candidly speak for themselves.

Publications

Integrating food sensitive planning and urban design into urban governance actions

Working Paper

Integrating food sensitive planning and urban design into urban governance actions

Gareth Haysom, Luke Metelerkamp, Nomonde Buthelezi, Jane Weru, and Jane Battersby

An analysis of the scales and concepts of governance and urban food systems, with an eye to the role of societal and community-level agency in disrupting current models of urban food governance

What's cooking? Adding critical feminist research to the pot

Working Paper

What's cooking? Adding critical feminist research to the pot

J. Battersby, K. Ben-Zeev, N. Buthelezi, I. Fabricci, M. Fakazi, S. Kiragu-Wissler, Y. Magazi, P. Njoroge, H. Nyaba, S. Nyaba, M. Nyambura, A. Owade, N. Paganini, C. Peters, W. Peukers, P. Silwana, E. Sango, J. Weru

How community kitchens, school feeding programmes and informal savings schemes support communities in time of crises and food insecurity

Fresh Offerings - Poems on food, agency and urgency

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Fresh Offerings - Poems on food, agency and urgency

multiple authors, curated by Luke Metelerkamp and Sanelisiwe Nyaba

Poetic interpretations of a co-research process on food insecurity and agency in the Cape Flats of Cape Town.

Urban Food Systems Governance

Info Brief

Urban Food Systems Governance

Gareth Haysom, Jane Battersby, Nomonde Buthelezi, Kathrin Krause, Patrick Njoroge, Atula Owade, Jemima Spring, Jane Weru

Engaging urban food governance in inclusive and transparent ways, enhancing and valorizing agency and developing methods for food sensitive planning

Food Flows: Community kitchens and gardens in Gugulethu, Cape Town

Info Brief

Food Flows: Community kitchens and gardens in Gugulethu, Cape Town

Deon Lottering, Kathrin Krause, Nomonde Buthelezi, Busi Selena, Pamela Silwana, Nicole Paganini, Jane Battersby, Gareth Haysom

Mapping existing community kitchens and gardens in the informal settlement Gugulethu in Cape Town

Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (UPA) and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

Info Brief

Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (UPA) and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

Louisa Nelle, Catherine Nina, Jeff Njau, Francis Kabiru, Sammy Kiprono, Joseph Mathenge, Samuel Kinyanjui, Ednah Okello, Bernhard Hoeper, Razack Belemgnegre, Samuel Wairimu, Haidee Swanby, Edouard Sango

Exploring the role UPA and CEA can play in building local urban food system resilience

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