Research presented in this session use case studies in Africa to assess quality of urban life regarding access to food and clean water, indoor and outdoor air pollution, or working conditions of waste pickers. Despite stigma and undesirable conditions, informality of waste picking offers possibilities for consistent earnings in a South African city. Observed shifts in weather patterns affect residents’ transportation mode and duration between homes and food market centers at two cities along coastal locations in both South Africa and Ghana. Investigations of water chemistry based on proximity of domestic water wells to pit latrines or septic tanks, and concentrations of particulates and noxious pollutants measured in Cape Coast and Accra respectively reveal levels that are dangerous compared to standards set by international health organizations. These studies about relationships between quality of urban life and location both confirm and challenge hitherto understandings of the nature and extent of precarious or unsafe daily existence. They also inform epidemiological and exposure analysis studies, as well as food and job security studies in rapidly urbanizing Africa.
|Presenter||Joseph Zume*, Shippensburg University, Simon Mariwah, Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Ebenezer Kwaku Boateng, Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Evaluating impacts of on-site sanitation facilities on shallow groundwater quality in low-income neighborhoods of Cape Coast, Ghana||15||8:00 AM|
|Presenter||Anesu Makina*, , Urban appropriations in a Southern city: understanding waste picking in South Africa||15||8:15 AM|
|Presenter||Egide Kalisa*, University of Toronto Mississauga, Department of Geography, Ontario L5L 1C6, Vincent Kuuire, The University of Toronto Mississauga, Department of Geography, Ontario L5L 1C6, Reginald Quansah, Biological, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Matthew Adams, University of Toronto Mississauga, Department of Geography, Ontario L5L 1C6, Exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution in Ghana, West Africa||15||8:30 AM|
|Presenter||Oforiwaa Pee Agyei-Boakye*, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, Spatial Food Accessibility in Africa||15||8:45 AM|
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