Working Paper: Understanding the Linkages Between Urban Food Systems and Non-Communicable Diseases in Namibia

Understanding the Linkages Between Urban Food Systems and Non-Communicable Diseases in Namiba by researchers Ndeyapo Nickanor, Tobias Shinyemba and Lawrence Kazembe, is the fourth in a series of Nourishing Spaces working papers edited by Jane Battersby.

The Nourishing Spaces project seeks to develop community-led understanding of the nature and drivers of the local food system and its health impacts, and to contribute to city-scale policy interventions. The project focuses on ‘urban-scale research’ for addressing diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in six urban sites in South Africa (Cape Town and Kimberley), Kenya (Nairobi and Kisumu), and Namibia (Windhoek and Oshakati).

This working paper examines the linkages between urban food systems and food consumption in 8ste Laan (Windhoek) and Evululuko (Oshakati) through analysis of interviews with households and focus groups. The interviews focused on a range of issues including food production and storage, preparation, cooking methods, consumption patterns, health patterns and self-reported health status.

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