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Queen's University

SNID Thursday Nov 29

Ndeyapo Nickanor - The Role of Women in Urban Food Security in the Informal Settlements of Windhoek, Namibia

Thursday, November 29
Ndeyapo Nickanor
University of Cape Town, South Africa / University of Namibia
The Role of Women in Urban Food Security in the Informal Settlements of Windhoek, Namibia
1-2.30pm, Mackintosh Corry Hall, Room D214
Abstract: More than ever before, food security and poverty have increasingly become problems of the urban, informal settlements; for cities in Southern Africa this situation is intensified by the continued rapid urbanization particularly from the rural areas. This influx combined with high levels of unemployment, high food prices, climate change issues and extreme levels of poverty have made food insecurity in urban areas a concern. In urban areas the poor are immersed in a cash economy through which food is acquired. Given the over-emphasis of poverty among female-headed households, in the urban areas they are the poorest. This research provides for an understanding of how female-headed households in the poor urban informal settlements of Windhoek source food and the coping strategies which they employ to make a living..
About the Speaker: Ndeyapo Nickanor is a PhD student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Ndeyapo also teaches in the Department of Statistics and Population Studies at the University of Namibia. Currently Ndeyapo is at Queen's as an exchange student through the Students for Development Program, under the guidance of Professor Jonathan Crush, Director of Southern African Research Centre (SARC).
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