Rapid Urbanisation, Urban Food Deserts and Food Security in Africa

  • Jonathan Crush
  • Jane Battersby

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jane Battersby, Jonathan Crush
    Pages 1-18
  3. Bruce Frayne, Cameron McCordic, Helena Shilomboleni
    Pages 19-31
  4. Jane Battersby, Stephen Peyton
    Pages 33-46
  5. Mary Caesar, Jonathan Crush
    Pages 47-58
  6. Benjamin Acquah, Stephen Kapunda, Alexander Legwegoh
    Pages 59-69
  7. Inês Raimundo, Jonathan Crush, Wade Pendleton
    Pages 71-83
  8. Godfrey Tawodzera
    Pages 85-95
  9. Shukri F. Mohamed, Blessing Uchenna Mberu, Djesika D. Amendah, Elizabeth W. Kimani-Murage, Remare Ettarh, Lilly Schofield et al.
    Pages 97-111
  10. Liam Riley, Belinda Dodson
    Pages 113-126
  11. Ndeyapo Nickanor, Jonathan Crush, Wade Pendleton
    Pages 127-142
  12. Daniel Tevera, Nomcebo Simelane
    Pages 157-168
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 183-190

About this book


This book investigates food security and the implications of hyper-urbanisation and rapid growth of urban populations in Africa. By means of a series of case studies involving African cities of various sizes, it argues that, while the concept of food security holds value, it needs to be reconfigured to fit the everyday realities and distinctive trajectory of urbanisation in the region. The book goes on to discuss the urban context, where food insecurity is more a problem of access and changing consumption patterns than of insufficient food production. In closing, it approaches food insecurity in Africa as an increasingly urban problem that requires different responses from those applied to rural populations.


Food Security Urbanisation Food Deserts Poverty Urban Food Systems Urban Agriculture Food Insecurity Food Access Urban Food Supply Informal Economy Urban Slums Migration Social Protection Wild Food Urban Environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Crush
    • 1
  • Jane Battersby
    • 2
  1. 1.International Migration Research CentreBalsillie School of Intern Affairs International Migration Research CentreWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.African Centre for CitiesUniversity of Cape Town African Centre for CitiesRondebosch, Cape TownSouth Africa

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