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Title:Urban food dynamics in Botswana: insights from Gaborone's Central Business District
Authors:Lane, Kate
Hovorka, AliceISNI
Legwegoh, AlexanderISNI
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Geographic term:Botswana
food supply
food consumption
social status
Abstract:Urbanization is changing the circumstances, livelihoods and lifestyles of people in Southern Africa. In this context, little is known about food available to cities, food sources accessible to urban dwellers, or factors influencing food consumption. Applying a food systems conceptual frame, the article provides empirical findings from Gaborone, Botswana, characterizing urban food supply, documenting food sources, and examining consumer food choice. Engaging a qualitative, exploratory approach, the research reveals adequate supply and multifaceted sources from which to acquire food in Gaborone's Central Business District (CBD), and consumer choices grounded in economic factors together with issues of social status and aesthetics. A number of fundamental issues and questions arise from this preliminary research relating to food policies and research agendas in the region. In particular, greater attention to urbanization trends, foreign import strategies and food consumption practices is warranted. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]