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

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.
Re-Imagining Food In Cities: Working On A Theory Of Change For Urban Food Futures In Cape Town 
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Re-Imagining Food In Cities: Working On A Theory Of Change For Urban Food Futures In Cape Town 

In January 2022 the Urban Food Futures programme partners in Cape Town met to jointly formulate and discuss the programme's Theory of Change.
Transforming urban food systems starting from consumption: a reflection on the 2022 International Symposium on Nutrition
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Transforming urban food systems starting from consumption: a reflection on the 2022 International Symposium on Nutrition

This year’s International Nutrition Symposium was all about the urban nutrition transition and the question: “How do we change consumer behaviour towards more sustainability?”
School feeding: Challenges, Trends and Opportunities
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School feeding: Challenges, Trends and Opportunities

School feeding programmes are the most extensive social safety net worldwide and increasingly seen as a lever to not only achieve children’s human rights to food, education and health but also transform food systems more holistically.

Publications

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

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