In sub-Saharan Africa, the food system impacts on a number of urban development issues such as poverty, unemployment and poor health. Informal traders meet the food needs of many poor urban households. However, supermarket chains are changing this, demanding particular policy and planning responses.
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We acknowledge the support of the Economic and Social Research Council / Department for International Development (ESRC/DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research (grant number ES/L008610/1) for the Governing Food Systems to Alleviate Poverty in Secondary Cities in Africa (Consuming Urban Poverty) project.