Insights into community vulnerability and resilience following natural disasters: perspectives with food retailers in Northern NSW, Australia

Singh-Peterson, Lila and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2014) Insights into community vulnerability and resilience following natural disasters: perspectives with food retailers in Northern NSW, Australia. Local Environment, 20 7: 782-795. doi:10.1080/13549839.2013.873396


Author Singh-Peterson, Lila
Lawrence, Geoffrey
Title Insights into community vulnerability and resilience following natural disasters: perspectives with food retailers in Northern NSW, Australia
Journal name Local Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-9839
1469-6711
Publication date 2014-01-17
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13549839.2013.873396
Volume 20
Issue 7
Start page 782
End page 795
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The resilience of Australia's food-supply chain following natural disasters has been brought into question, following the significant flooding and cyclone events of 2010/2011. How this manifests at the community level, in both rural and urban locations, has been examined through the lens of large and small food retailers in northern NSW. These interviews reveal the fragility of both the long and short supply chain where transport systems are compromised. Self-imposed standards severely restricted the ability of supermarkets to acquire fresh food, in the face of transport disruptions. Similarly, the precarious position of rural food retailers, exposed to continual fuel and electricity price increases, is compounded by the impact of extreme weather events. The insights captured through this study suggest interception points, or policy entry points, to address the resilience of the food-supply chain.
Keyword Food-supply chains
Reslience of food-supply
Rural community resilience
Food systems vulnerability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 17 January 2014.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Fri, 24 Jan 2014, 01:44:55 EST by Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrence on behalf of School of Social Science