Exploring the Nexus of Urban Growth, Transport, and Food Security

Urbanisation, Motorcycle Taxi Transport, and Food Security in Africa’s ‘Secondary Cities’: The Impact Initiative

Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization, and its ‘secondary cities’ are at the forefront of this transformation. These cities, though smaller than the continent’s sprawling metropolises, play a pivotal role in shaping its future. As urban centers continue to expand, understanding the intricate relationships between urbanization, transportation, and food security becomes paramount.

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According to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), more people are relocating to African cities from rural areas than ever before. UN-Habitat reports that “the global share of African urban dwellers is projected to rise from 11.3 percent in 2010 to 20.2 percent by 2050.”

How can we address food security in cities of high population? Research institutions, Academic institutions and Industry institutions from Europe, East and West Africa, tackled this issue at the The Impact Initiative for International Development on Urban Food Security held in Kisumu, Kenya on 10th – 11th June 2019. The event was sponsored by the The Impact Initiative for International Development Research.

The Source Plus C.E.O, Mr. Bronson Eran’ogwa was among the speakers on topics related to the food system. He joined research experts, professors, Food Traders Associations, food policy experts and government officials in looking at ways to better understand equity issues through the lens of food.

The Workshop is organised as part of the impact Initiative on role of motorcycle in urban food security codes of conduct, it covered both food health and motorcycle taxi policy in both East Africa and West Africa, examining cases from East Africa and West Africa to establish similarities and differences, and shed light on the challenges. Working with the groups on agricultural codes of conduct, the event focused on the motorcycle taxi, Government and Traders’ perspective. The ultimate goal of the Workshop was to empower motorcycle taxis by focusing on their unique perspectives in the food value chain, raising awareness about their importance within the chain, promoting dialogue between agricultural stakeholders, and enhancing the role of motorcycle taxi association.

Future policy to effectively address food insecurity will have to take into account each locality’s unique aspects and new ways to sustain the growing urban population.

Food as Power

Dr.Krijn Peters of Swansea University and one the concerned Scientists explained that hunger is caused by the inequitable distribution of road, and resources at the global, national, and local levels. For more information visit:



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