Eating in the City: Food Policy, Complexity and the Politics of Hunger

Authors: Luke Craven*, University of New South Wales, Canberra
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Geography and Urban Health
Keywords: food security, food policy, complexity
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom E, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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This paper presents the findings of a comparative empirical study into the systemic production and experience of household food insecurity in three urban migrant communities--Afghans in Sydney, London and San Francisco. While much of the literature on food insecurity has focused on its economic or geographic determinants, these findings emphasise the importance of its systemic determinants that go beyond food to include other social, economic and cultural systems and their constituent factors. The study also highlights the heterogeneous nature of food insecurity, where these factors and the varied interactions between them depend on the individual contexts of peoples’ lives. These findings raise a number of challenges for the design, delivery and evaluation public policies to address food insecurity. The paper will argue that provisional solutions can be developed despite the difficulties presented by the complex, systemic, and heterogeneous nature of food insecurity and its determinants.

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