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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 1081; doi:10.3390/su9061081

Exploring the Staple Foodscape of Dar es Salaam

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Rural Sociology Group and Sociology of Development and Change Group, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Institute for Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Received: 24 May 2016 / Revised: 15 June 2017 / Accepted: 16 June 2017 / Published: 21 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue City Region Foodscapes)
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The city region foodscape is a relational space of spatially proximate as well as more distant relations. The current understanding of city region foodscapes will be enhanced by more analyses of what is happening in the African and Asian cities where rapid population growth and urbanization, with all its challenges and opportunities, is predominantly taking place. This paper explores the city foodscape of one such city, the rapidly growing Dar es Salaam with over 4.5 million inhabitants. By following some important foods for eaters in the city, this paper draws a picture of the changing shape and nature of Dar es Salaam’s foodscape and draws out lessons for debates on city region food systems and urban food planning. It is found that key staple foods are coming from the rural hinterland through a food system that is not part of or modeled on the globally dominant corporate food system and as such represents a working alternative. This food system neither fits within administrative boundaries nor relies primarily on local production. We argue that more academic and policy attention needs to be given to understanding and reinforcing such middle-ground, neither local nor global, food systems that are delivering at city feeding scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: foodscapes; city region; food system; Dar es Salaam; rice; potatoes; maize; markets; food security; rural development foodscapes; city region; food system; Dar es Salaam; rice; potatoes; maize; markets; food security; rural development
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Wegerif, M.C.A.; Wiskerke, J.S.C. Exploring the Staple Foodscape of Dar es Salaam. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1081.

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