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Cecilia Tacoli

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 31: The Role of Small Urban Centres in Food Security and Rural Transformations

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The Role of Small Urban Centres in Food Security and Rural Transformations
The Role of Small Urban Centres in Food Security and Rural Transformations
Cecilia Tacoli
Introduction

Most food is produced in rural areas, and consumed by the growing proportion of the world's population living in urban centres. But there is often an assumption that this is a simple and unidirectional connection. This chapter examines how a more dynamic understanding of rural–urban linkages contributes to the analysis of food security in both urban and rural areas, with a focus on how rural transformations help shape both food production and consumption. Central to these transformations is the role of small urban centres and the related processes of ‘bottom-up’ urbanisation, including the increasing diversification of rural households’ income sources. ...

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