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Title:Rural Productivity and Urban Survival in Namibia: Eating Away from Home
Author:Frayne, Bruce
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:rural-urban relations
labour migration
food supply
food policy
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:In order to answer the question of how migrants survive within the urban context in Namibia, this paper examines the socioeconomic relationship between the rural and urban components of the same household. It focuses on one aspect of the rural-urban dynamic, namely the transfer of food from rural to urban households, and establishes the importance of these transfers in mitigating urban food insecurity within the context of limited formal and informal employment and high rural-urban migration. The data (from questionnaires and interviews held in Windhoek) confirms that these transfers of food are not restricted to migrant households only, but rather that rural sources of food are also a central component of the urban food security equation for non-migrant households in Windhoek. The analysis also shows that gender influences access to rural food, and offers suggestions as to why this might be the case. In addition to the economic importance of these flows of food to urban households, the cultural significance of the types of food involved is examined. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]