Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
E and U October 2019 cover detail


Current issue: Getting food on the table in cities

Food policy debates have become increasingly sophisticated, reaching beyond a focus on food security and production to questions of quality, nutrition, affordability and inclusiveness. Yet this expansion of knowledge has largely not extended to urban areas. The current issue of Environment and Urbanization attempts to fill this gap with papers from Vietnam, Uganda, Canada, Haiti, Chile, Cambodia, Nepal and Namibia. These papers address the links between urban food and community building, gender, health, livelihoods and of course food security.

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Book notes

The New Urban Agenda (NUA) is one of the major global frameworks seeking to inform urban development policies and practice. As the focus shifts to implementing this ambitious agenda, decision makers must pay more attention to the accessibility and inclusivity of tools for monitoring progress and how well they inform decision making at the local level. An IIED/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) review and assessment of city-scale indicator frameworks has revealed significant gaps between the availability and quality of data and the requirements of indicators and tracking tools.

Humanitarian responses to urban crises are focusing increasingly on integrated programming and area-based approaches. This paper contributes to the emerging literature of urban area-based planning in humanitarian crises through a case study of community planning projects carried out in 28 neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince seven years after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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