1st Edition

Climate Change, Assets and Food Security in Southern African Cities

Edited By Bruce Frayne, Caroline Moser, Gina Ziervogel Copyright 2012
    224 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There is overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing. It is the poorest countries and people who are the most vulnerable to this threat and who will suffer the most. This book shows how increasing urbanization and growing poverty levels mean that it is imperative to ask how climate change might impact on asset accumulation and food security for the urban poor. It demonstrates how these three, often separate foci, can be brought together to frame a holistic urban adaptation approach. Furthermore, although much has been written about climate change, limited evidence exists in southern Africa of how climate change has been integrated in urban planning. 

    The authors explore the urban climate change nexus linking asset adaptation, climate change science and food security through several case study cities. These include Cape Town, George and Khara Hais (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia), Maputo (Mozambique), Mombasa (Kenya) and Harare (Zimbabwe). The results shed light on how this nexus might be explored from different perspectives, both theoretical and practical, in order to plan for a more resilient future. 

    Climate Change, Assets and Food Security in Southern African Cities comprises ten chapters which focus on southern African cities, with each chapter written by highly experienced academics, research-focused practitioners and professional planners. Although the book concentrates on southern African cities, the insights which are presented can be used to understand other urban centres in low and middle-income countries outside of this region and around the world.

    1. Understanding the Terrain: The Climate Change, Assets and Food Security Nexus in Southern African Cities Bruce Frayne, Caroline Moser and Gina Ziervogel  2. Urban Food Security and Climate Change: A System of Flows. Jane Battersby  3. Urban Household Vulnerability to Food Security and Climate Change: Experiences from Urban Areas of Zimbabwe Godfrey Tawodzera  4. Mobility and Migration: The Missing Link in Climate Change and Asset Adaptation Belinda Dodson  5. Impacts of Climate Change on Migration And Food Security in Maputo, Mozambique. Inês Raimundo and Bruce Frayne  6. Asset Adaptation and Urban Food Security in a Changing Climate: A Case Study of Kalingalinga and Linda Compounds in Lusaka-Zambia Danny Simatele  7. The Ithemba Farmers' Story of Climate and Food Security Adaptation in Cape Town, South Africa – Housing Versus Food? Gareth Haysom  8. Climate Change and Food Insecurity in Mombasa: Institutional and Policy Gaps Alfred Omenya, Grace Lubaale and Collins Miruka  9. A Spatial Planning Perspective on Climate Change, Asset Adaptation and Food Security: The Case of Two South African Cities Willemien Faling  10. Constructing the Climate Change-Asset Adaptation-Food Security Nexus for Pro-Poor Urban Development Bruce Frayne, Caroline Moser and Gina Ziervogel


    Bruce Frayne is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Development Practice (MDP) program in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo, Canada 

    Caroline Moser is Professor of Urban Development and Director of the Global Urban Research Centre (GURC), School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK, and Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA 

    Gina Ziervogel is a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    "… the book lays the groundwork for much-needed discussion on this issue. This type of discussion, as aptly illustrated in the book, needs to happen at multiple levels: between the state (national, regional and local levels) and citizenry, between countries and between individuals at a community level. The authors and editors have made a valuable contribution to the growing body of work on urban food security and have elevated the discourse on climate change, urbanisation and food security to a more secure footing."Stefanie Swanepoel, Urban Africa