Reducing Barriers to the Consumption of Traditional Fruits and Vegetables by Migrant Communities in Johannesburg: Recommendations for Urban Policy and Planning

alexandra hughes *, Henrice Altink, Katherine Denby, tim hart , blessing masamha , fuba alubafi , emmanuel fundisi, precious tirivanhu , tholang mokhele

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Other contribution


This Briefing Note is the second in a series of four deriving from research conducted between May and July 2023 in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) at two research sites: the Central Business District and Soweto South. The research explored the role of traditional fruits and vegetables (TFVs) in the lives of local and cross-border migrant communities. This Briefing Note reports key findings on the drivers of, and barriers to, the consumption of these TFVs on the part of migrant communities. It then proposes a series of policy and planning recommendations for national and local government, civil society organisations and communities in order to foster increased consumption of these products, given their cultural and nutritional value. This is important in the context of a city in which more than one-third of residents have recently experienced food insecurity.
Original languageEnglish
Typepolicy brief
Media of outputelectronic
PublisherNewcastle University
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2024


  • foodsystems
  • migration
  • subsaharan africa
  • nutrition

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