Exploring the staple foodscape of Dar es Salaam

Marc C.A. Wegerif*, Johannes S.C. Wiskerke

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)


The city region foodscape is a relational space of spatially proximate as well as more distant relations. The current understanding of city region foodscapes will be enhanced by more analyses of what is happening in the African and Asian cities where rapid population growth and urbanization, with all its challenges and opportunities, is predominantly taking place. This paper explores the city foodscape of one such city, the rapidly growing Dar es Salaam with over 4.5 million inhabitants. By following some important foods for eaters in the city, this paper draws a picture of the changing shape and nature of Dar es Salaam's foodscape and draws out lessons for debates on city region food systems and urban food planning. It is found that key staple foods are coming from the rural hinterland through a food system that is not part of or modeled on the globally dominant corporate food system and as such represents a working alternative. This food system neither fits within administrative boundaries nor relies primarily on local production. We argue that more academic and policy attention needs to be given to understanding and reinforcing such middleground, neither local nor global, food systems that are delivering at city feeding scale.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1081
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • City region
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Food security
  • Food system
  • Foodscapes
  • Maize
  • Markets
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Rural development


Dive into the research topics of 'Exploring the staple foodscape of Dar es Salaam'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this