Food and the city

by IRIN News

The Malian Red Cross distributes food to people in Gao in northern Mali. Photo: Katarina Hoije/IRIN

With the vast majority of population growth taking place in towns and cities, according to the UN, aid agencies are adapting their food security responses to better fit into urban contexts. An increasing number of tools and innovations are becoming available to help with this effort, but humanitarians have yet to undertake the shift required for large-scale systematic urban response, say aid experts.