Effects of the global financial crisis on the food security of poor urban households

By Gordon Prain and Henk de Zeeuw, RUAF Foundation, 2010 (in coordination with UN HABITAT and the International Development Research Centre)

These reports present the results of a study during the second half of 2009 into the effects of the global financial crisis of 2008 on the food security of low and middle income populations in 5 cities: Rosario (Argentina), Bogota (Colombia), Accra (Ghana), Kitwe (Zambia) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). The studies assessed current socio-economic circumstances of households, food practices, coping strategies, the policy environment and current nutritional status of women and young children. Data were generated through household surveys (600 households per city), 24 hour food recall, anthropometry of under-five year olds and women from 15 to 49, Focus Group Discussions and Expert opinions on policy issues. 
The study was undertaken in coordination with United Nations HABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada and was carried out with the aid of a grant provided by IDRC.
The synthesis report and the following five case study reports were produced:

  1. Study Colombo
  2. Study Bogota
  3. Study Kitwe
  4. Study Rosario
  5. Study Accra