Geography Honors Presentation (Peyton)

10:00 AM  - 11:30 AM
Wednesday Apr 24, 2013
CARN 109, Carnegie Hall

The Geography of Supermarket Expansion in Cape Town: Assessing Market-Based Solutions to Addressing Food Insecurity

Presenter:  Stephen Peyton

The rapid rise in supermarkets in developing countries over the last few decades has resulted in the radical transformation of food retail systems.  In the context of the city of Cape Town, the introduction of supermarkets has coincided with rapid urbanization and increasing levels of food insecurity.  Since national regulatory policies have largely ignored urban problems of food insecurity, retail modernization is viewed as a market-based solution to the problem of food access for the poor.  However, the introduction of formal food retail formats is often seen as conflicting with the informal food economies established in lower-income neighborhoods of this metropolitan area.  Through a mixed-methods approach, this paper assesses the spatial distribution of supermarkets within Cape Town and whether this geography of food retail combats or perpetuates food security, particularly in lower-income neighborhoods.  Spatial analysis through the use of Geographic Information Systems at a city wide scale is combined with a qualitative case study utilizing semi-structured interviews and observational analysis in a township neighborhood in order to develop a more complete understanding of complex urban food environments.

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