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

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
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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.
Urban displacements: Facing up to rising food insecurity in Nairobi
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Urban displacements: Facing up to rising food insecurity in Nairobi

Analysing media reporting of evictions in the Mukuru informal settlement of Nairobi
Urban Food Futures: a critical analysis of findings from the scoping phase
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Urban Food Futures: a critical analysis of findings from the scoping phase

The Urban Food Futures team is wrapping up its scoping work and is sharing insights gained from selected case study areas
Empowered women: Re-imagining food and community in Cape Town
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Empowered women: Re-imagining food and community in Cape Town

Project partners meet some women using community kitchens to drive social transformation in Cape Town's informal settlements.

Publications

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

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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

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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)

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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

Urban Commons: Community kitchens, saving schemes, and school feeding programmes

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Urban Commons: Community kitchens, saving schemes, and school feeding programmes

Jane Battersby, Keren Ben-Zeev, Nomonde Buthelezi, Matilda Fazaki, Serah Kiragu-Wissler, Patrick Njoroge, Sanelisiwe Nayaba, Atula Owade, Nicole Paganini, Caroline Peters, Wendy Peuker, Pamela Silwana, Edouard Sango, Mary Wambui, Samuel Wairimu,Jane Weru

Exploring the potential urban commons hold as spaces for social cohesion and nutrition justice

Food Flows: Scoping leverage points to enable food system transformation in Mukuru, Nairobi

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Food Flows: Scoping leverage points to enable food system transformation in Mukuru, Nairobi

Michael Hauser, Immakulate Edel, Patrick Njoroge

Tracing food flows to help identify vulnerabilities and design for diets, jobs and resilience

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