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Transforming Urban Food Systems in Secondary Cities in Africa

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Countries across Africa are rapidly transitioning from rural to urban societies. The challenge of building inclusive and sustainable cities in the context of rapid urbanization hinges on addressing urban food security challenges. Creating food secure cities and resilient urban food systems is key to promoting health, prosperity, equity, and ecological sustainability. The expansion of Africa’s urban population is taking place largely in secondary cities, which is a real knowledge gap in policy-oriented academic research. A recently published open access book features diverse case studies that shed light on broad concepts including governance, sustainability, health, economic development, informality and inclusivity. Please join us for brief presentations and Q & A with the editors and four contributing authors.

Co-editors Liam Riley and Jonathan Crush will provide an overview of the context of the book and the wider trends shaping urban food systems in African secondary cities. Dan Tevera will present his chapter, “Secondary Cities and Urban Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Ndeyapo Nickanor will present her chapter, “Food Insecurity, Food Sourcing and Food Coping Strategies in the O-O-O Urban Corridor, Namibia .” Andrea Brown will present her chapter, “Co-Productive Urban Planning: Protecting and Expanding Food Security in Uganda’s Secondary Cities.” Alexander Fomin Legwegoh will present his chapter, “Hunger in an Agricultural City: Exploring Vulnerability in Dschang, Cameroon.” The presentations will be followed by a Q & A session.

About the Panelists:

Andrea M. Brown, Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science and North American Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Crush, Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Research Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and Professor Extraordinary at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Alexander Fomin Legwegoh, Independent Researcher, London, Ontario, Canada

Ndeyapo M. Nickanor, Executive Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Engineering and Natural Science, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Liam Riley, Researcher, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Daniel Tevera, Professor, Department of Geography, Environmental Studies and Tourism, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

MiFOOD is hosting a series of webinars on various topics about migration and food security that highlight the progress of the project. These webinars include conceptual discussion, empirical findings and policy analysis. Through these webinars, we intend to build a community with various stakeholders for knowledge sharing, deepen the understanding of the complex intersections between migration and food security, and facilitate the discussion of effective policy interventions. Follow the MiFOOD Twitter (Moving on Empty), Like the MiFOOD Facebook page to be notified about upcoming webinars.

Transforming Urban Food Systems in Secondary Cities in Africa book title in white lettering on a green background with an image of vegetables at a market stall under the title.


February 28
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON Canada
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