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Johannesburg Urban Food Security Workshop "The Johannesburg Experience of a Global Challenge" with Health Promotion Unit, University of the Witwatersrand. For details see Workshop Report and Brochure.

Swaziland Urban Food Security Workshop in Manzini with University of Swaziland and Manzini Municipal Council. For further details see Workshop Report and Brochure.

Jonathan Crush, "The Urban Poor are Going Hungry" in The Globe and Mail 19 November 2009.

AFSUN held its first regional policy conference on 10-12 June 2009 in partnership with the South African Cities Network (SACN), the Municipal Development Partnership for Eastern and Southern Africa (MDEPSA) and the Municipality of Ekurhuleni on the theme of “Urban Food Security in Southern Africa: Strategic Policy Dimensions.” See Conference Programme.

Women Feeding Cities: Mainstreaming Gender in Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF and Urban Harvest) is co-edited by Alice Hovorka of Guelph University (an AFSUN partner) and includes a chapter by Percy Toriro of MDPESA on Harare. The book provides a valuable toolbox for mainstreaming gender in urban agriculture projects. For more details,click here

In New York in January 2009, a Joint Meeting of the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP discussed the issue of Population Growth and Rapid Urbanization: Food Insecurity on the Rise in Urban Settings.  See Background Document.

The FAO`s Twenty Fifth Regional Conference for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, June 2008  focused on the issue of Urbanization and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.  See Conference Report.


AFSUN’s first funded project is entitled “Urban Food Security and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa” and is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) under its University Partners in Cooperation and Development (UPCD) Tier One Program. The Project’s Implementation Plan was approved by CIDA in January 2008. The project is being implemented in the cities of Blantyre, Cape Town, Durban Metro, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Maputo, Maseru, Manzini and Windhoek.

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