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Food consumption, urbanisation and rural transformation: the trade dimensions

Bill Vorley, Frederic Lancon

Book/Report, 15 pages

Growing urban demand for food – which now constitutes about 60–70 per cent of food consumption in Asia and more than half in Africa – is met largely by trade. This paper reviews evidence for what this trade means for rural areas, and for successful rural economic transformation. It also reviews trade and other policy options for generating a stronger ‘win’ between urban consumption and rural transformation.

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  • IIED code: 10767IIED
  • Published: May 2016 - IIED
  • Theme: Urban
  • Language: English

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Urbanisation drives profound transformations in rural areas and in food systems, presenting both challenges and opportunities for poverty reduction, rural development and food security. Policies at the local, national, regional and global scales are of critical importance in shaping rural-urban linkages and the political economy of food systems.

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