Urban planning roles in responding to food security needs

Slade, Christine, Baldwin, Claudia and Budge, Trevor (2016) Urban planning roles in responding to food security needs. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 7 1: . doi:10.5304/jafscd.2016.071.005

Author Slade, Christine
Baldwin, Claudia
Budge, Trevor
Title Urban planning roles in responding to food security needs
Journal name Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2152-0801
Publication date 2016-11-29
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5304/jafscd.2016.071.005
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Total pages 16
Place of publication Ithaca, NY United States
Publisher New Leaf Associate
Abstract Food security is a daily problem for vulnerable groups of urban citizens in developed countries, who face physical and mental stress and poor health outcomes from limited food choices. They are often unable to change their circumstances through the marginalizing impacts of urban planning policy, regulation, and infrastructure barriers. Local government is often confronted with these impacts and absorbs the responsibility to act “on the ground” in the absence of a coordinated, multilevel institutional response. Health professionals and local government urban planners increasingly collaborate to examine the design of cities and towns to improve food security. Despite increased awareness and the inclusion of food security in some planning strategies, regulation, and decision-making, results are limited in many jurisdictions. This research uses a case study methodology to gain insights into the systemic barriers facing local government planners in the state of Victoria, Australia, in responding to municipal food security challenges. Four food-related themes drawn from the data show that both internal systemic barriers and an external lack of fit with federal and state governments blur the understanding of food security challenges and limit planning solutions. Local government planners need consistent legislative and planning scheme priorities, combined with strengthened regulatory tools, to address food security more effectively. Increased feedback opportunities for local government staff to share their valuable experience and knowledge with higher levels of government would allow for a more coordinated approach to addressing this multijurisdictional problem.
Keyword Food access
Food desert
Food policy
Food security
Land use planning
Local government
Planning and infrastructure barriers
Urban agriculture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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