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African Urban Consumers and Food Supply and Distribution Systems

Food Supply and Distribution to Cities in French-Speaking Africa









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    Urban food supply and distribution in developing countries and countries in transition
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    Uncontrolled urbanization impairs the efficiency of food supply and distribution systems (FSDSs). The demand for food in the cities is growing and requires quantities of food that rural and periurban areas may not be able to supply. Moreover, existing market, storage and transport infrastructure is less and less able to cope with the growing quantities of foodstuffs. And so the informal sector expands to provide low-income families with their only means of livelihood.
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    Urban food supply and distribution in developing countries and countries in transition - A guide for planners 2008
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    While only too well aware of the complexity and variety of contexts in developing countries, the authors of this guide describe the principal activities of food supply and distribution systems (FSDSs) and suggest planning criteria for managing the physical and spatial dimensions of the city in order to improve the quantity, quality, variety and safety of food, and to help low-income urban populations to access it.
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    Multi-Channel Food Supply Systems to Francophone African Cities.
    Food Supply and Distribution to Cities
    1998
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    The issue of supplying food to African towns will remain a major challenge in the coming years in view of the steep urban growth, the small increase in extensive agricultural production and the risks of bottlenecks in the supply and distribution circuits. Yet it is very difficult to summarize this issue for French-speaking Africa. The situations vary widely and are reversible. Information systems are rather unreliable. Any analysis of supplies to Sub-Saharan African towns ra ises problems for the inquirer in terms of measurement, the scale of the phenomena being investigated and the time scale.

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