ISBN 9781920597207
Pages 46
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2016
Publisher Southern African Migration Programme, South Africa
Format Paperback

Mapping the Invisible

The Informal Food Economy of Cape Town, South Africa

by Jane Battersby, Maya Marshak

This report argues that it is essential to understand  the dynamics of the informal food retail sector because of its vital role in ensuring  greater access to food by the urban poor. Existing policy frameworks to address food security and to govern the informal sector tend to neglect informal retail in the food system. As a result, the sector is poorly understood. The report therefore attempts to identify the characteristics of the sector that impact on its ability to address the food needs of the neighbourhoods in which the businesses are located. Although the research is focused on Cape Town, the findings are of broader relevance.

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About the Author

Maya Marshak

Maya Marshak is in the Environmental and Geographical Science Department, University of Cape Town.

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