The nascent state of urban food policy action in Asian cities

Romero A, Miriam E., Jaffee, Steven and Kumar, Navneet, (2023). The nascent state of urban food policy action in Asian cities. Global Food Security, 38 n/a-n/a

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    Author Romero A, Miriam E.
    Jaffee, Steven
    Kumar, Navneet
    Title The nascent state of urban food policy action in Asian cities
    Appearing in Global Food Security
    Volume 38
    Publication Date 2023-09
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page n/a
    End page n/a
    Language eng
    Abstract While the important role of cities in food system transformation has long been understood, there is a more recent recognition that food-related outcomes also have an important influence on how well cities can achieve their own broad socio-economic and other aspirations. This recognition has led many cities, around the world, to engage more actively in food policies and programs. The literature documenting this experience is largely case study-based and primarily covers actions and outcomes in larger cities. We analyze the overall state of urban food policy across Asia, drawing attention to distinctive patterns across city size categories and testing hypotheses which may explain the diversity of observed patterns of food policy engagement. Particular attention is given to demographic, institutional, and geographical factors which have likely influenced either the motivation or the capacities of cities to act on food matters. We find that most Asian cities are at an early stage in efforts to apply coherent and coordinated approaches to address food-related challenges and opportunities. The opportunities for future economic gain and avoidance of social costs may be greatest among the region's fast-growing small- and medium-sized cities, yet many such cities lack the requisite capacities to influence complex food system matters and will require assistance from national agencies and others.
    Copyright Holder Elsevier B.V.
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1016/j.gfs.2023.100715
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