Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Nexus between Urban Food System and Other Urban Systems

The food system of cities has an impact on the health and wellbeing of residents. This study is a review of data and integration of findings from two projects done in Kisumu from 2016 – 2020: Consuming Urban Poverty (CUP) project and Nourishing Spaces (NS) project. The two projects employed both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, which were supplemented by desktop research involving an analysis of published literature. Peri-urban households were found to be more food insecure as compared to residents of core urban areas, attributed to urban sprawl. Municipal markets were located in areas less accessible to poor residents leading to the growth of informal food retail in the city. Distant production sources and poor road network drive up the cost of food in the city. More than 65 per cent of residents live in informal settlements in poor housing units with inadequate food storage and kitchen facilities, promoting consumption of processed foods. Inadequate water, sanitation and energy at both household and market levels was found to hinder food security. Unemployment contributed to food insecurity. Thirty one per cent of residents 20 years and above were unemployed in a city in which 67 per cent bought more than 75 percent of the total food consumed from the market. Most residents have a rural home due to cultural reasons and they occasionally obtain food from their rural homes. The food system of Kisumu city is influenced by other urban systems and it is important to consider the whole system in policy conversations to alleviate food insecurity in the city.

[Read article]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on Friday, 23 October 2020 by in Poverty and inequality, Urban issues and tagged , , , .

We need to drastically change the way we produce and eat food

Urban Asia Blog

Cities and Social Change

Governance and Development Soapbox

Forum for thinking and action in international development

Developing Economics

A Critical Perspective On Development Economics

Learning Community

A Learning Change Project Blog by Giorgio Bertini

Political Prisoners in Thailand

Oppose lese majeste law and human rights abuses in Thailand

Development Matters

Discussions on development opportunities and challenges

The Undercover Historian

Beatrice Cherrier's blog

Mapping for Development

Urban Studies x Sustainable Development x Geospatial Analysis

Culture and Capitalism

A Sussex University Anthropology blog

Rethinking international development

Alternative paradigms, practices and challenges


Political Ecology Network

Urban Finland

Rethinking the Finnish City - From Rurban to Urban Living

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

Economic Sociology & Political Economy

The global community of academics, practitioners, and activists – led by Dr. Oleg Komlik

Real-World Economics Review Blog

Posts are by authors of papers published in the RWER. Anyone may comment.


Just another site

Progressive Geographies

Thinking about place and power - a site written and curated by Stuart Elden

Another WORD is Possible

Words & Fotos ON / All rights reserved © Lee Yu Kyung 2023

{FAVEL issues}

urban informality + urban development

Wait... What?

discussions on digital ethics. privacy and power

Under The Ropes

Gender and Muay Thai Law

Foreigners' Rights and Layman's Legal Overview for Thailand


News about the journal, new articles, free downloads and more

Som Tam. Anytime.

Je procrastine (beaucoup). Mais des fois j'écris (un peu).

Perspectives in Anthropology

A resource rich anthropology website

%d bloggers like this: