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Food (In)Security in Rapidly Urbanising, Low-Income Contexts

Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development, 80-86 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH, UK
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(12), 1554;
Received: 2 November 2017 / Revised: 26 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 December 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Determinants of Health Inequities and Prevention)
Urbanisation in low and middle-income nations presents both opportunities and immense challenges. As urban centres grow rapidly, inadequate housing and the lack of basic infrastructure and services affect a large and growing proportion of their population. There is also a growing body of evidence on urban poverty and its links with environmental hazards. There is, however, limited knowledge of how these challenges affect the ways in which poor urban residents gain access to food and secure healthy and nutritious diets. With some important exceptions, current discussions on food security continue to focus on production, with limited attention to consumption. Moreover, urban consumers are typically treated as a homogenous group and access to food markets is assumed to be sufficient. This paper describes how, for the urban poor in low and middle-income countries, food affordability and utilisation are shaped by the income and non-income dimensions of poverty that include the urban space. View Full-Text
Keywords: food security; urbanization; urban poverty food security; urbanization; urban poverty
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Tacoli, C. Food (In)Security in Rapidly Urbanising, Low-Income Contexts. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1554.

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