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Feeding the City: Towards a New Research and Planning Agenda

Sonnino, Roberta 2009. Feeding the City: Towards a New Research and Planning Agenda. International Planning Studies 14 (4) , pp. 425-435. 10.1080/13563471003642795

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In an era when, for the first time in history, more than half of the human population is urbanized, cities in both developed and developing countries are facing enormous challenges in terms of food security. In this context, municipal governments in New York, Rome, Belo Horizonte, Toronto, London, Amsterdam and Dar es Salaam are devising integrated food policies and strategies that move beyond the traditional focus on urban agriculture. A brief analysis of these emerging initiatives highlights the need for a new research agenda on public food provisioning and policy-making at the urban level. Practically, the paper argues, this broadened research agenda is crucial to facilitate much needed processes of knowledge-building and knowledge-exchange within and between cities. Theoretically, as this paper concludes, more comparative and comprehensive studies of the emerging urban food strategies are necessary to fully capture the potential of fast-growing cities in creating or recreating more sustainable social, economic and environmental linkages with their surrounding regions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Additional Information: Special Issue: Feeding the City: The Challenge of Urban Food Planning
Publisher: Ta
ISSN: 13563475
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:08

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