Predicting Food Access in an African City

Authors: Daniel Fobi*, Indiana University Bloomington, Kurt Benson Waldman, Indiana University Bloomington
Topics: Food Systems, Africa, Urban Geography
Keywords: Food security, African city
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 51
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Food access is a chronic problem in Sub-Saharan African cities. The food desert concept has been used to identify and mitigate poor food access areas in most developed countries based on low-income and the absence of a supermarket within a ⅓ mile radius. But application of the food desert concept doesn’t seem to explain the food insecurity in African cities. Using visualization and spatial analysis, I demonstrate that the proximity of supermarkets and income do not improve food security for residents in Accra.

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