New affiliated working paper on informal food retail in Cape Town

CUP’s Jane Battersby has just published a new AFSUN working paper:

Battersby, J., Marshak, M. & Mngqibisi, N. (2017) Mapping the invisible: The informal food economy of Cape Town, South Africa, AFSUN Working Paper Series, No. 24, Cape Town, South Africa:


“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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