Urban food security at the intersection of retail supply chain management and development studies

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Title: Urban food security at the intersection of retail supply chain management and development studies
Author: Tuomala, Virva
Contributor: Hanken School of Economics, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility
Belongs to series: Ekonomi och samhälle - 351 - Economics and society - 351
ISSN: 0424-7256 (printed)
2242-699X (PDF)
ISBN: 978-952-232-441-2
978-952-232-442-9
Abstract: This thesis examines urban food security at the intersection of retail supply chain management and development studies. Food security in a multifaceted issue and has previously been framed through agricultural production and the fundamental availability of food. As more than half of the global population currently resides in cities and other urban areas, urban issues are becoming more pressing in the field of development, as well as supply chain management. Urban food security pertains to the availability and accessibility of food, making the food supply chain and grocery retail a central factor in potential solutions. Urban dwellers are almost exclusively reliant on the market for their nourishment. Particularly in a Global South context, economic and spatial constraints play a large role in food security. This thesis focuses on poor urban neighbourhoods and the underlying societal structures that lead to these constraints.Special attention is paid to the multidimensionality of poverty, which goes beyond the economic framing to include aspects such as living standards and health. Empirical work for this thesis was completed in South Africa, (essay 2) and Bangkok, Thailand (essay 3). The data consists of interviews with consumers, representatives of grocery retail, and social workers. The consumers are residents of poor urban neighbourhoods, whose specific needs and grocery dynamics are often marginalised in favour of private sector agendas. The importance of the informal food sector is highlighted in the study, emphasizing the multidimensionality of the urban context. While there is a wave of grocery retail modernisation in the Global South, it is imperative to also consider the more traditional outlets, such as markets and micro retailers, in the solutions for urban food security.
URI: https://helda.helsinki.fi/dhanken/handle/10227/442808
Date: 2021-09-15
Subject: food security
urban
retail supply chain management
development studies


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