Meeting urban food needs

In 2005, the world’s population stood at 6.5 billion and it is expected to reach 9.2 billion by 2050. This population growth will take place mainly in urban areas of developing countries
By 2030, 3.9 billion people are expected to be living in the cities of the developing world. The impact of expanding
urban populations will vary from country to country. Depending on national policies settings and economic
structure, increased urbanization can affect hunger and poverty in both positive and negative ways.
As cities expand, so does the urban consumer demand for food. The recent food and financial crises have highlighted the problem of urban food insecurity in developing countries. Urban households have been hard hit as they saw their purchasing power declining drastically, while they have a very limited capacity to produce their
own food.
satisfying the food needs of expanding urban markets and promoting nutritious diets in urban households can function as a motor for economic and social development in rural communities

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