Perspectives on the distribution of fresh food in emerging metropolises: the cases of Mexico City and Cairo

N. Waldhauer, M. van der Burgh, J.G.A.J. van der Vorst, X. Bing, F.P. Scheer

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The report consists of four main chapters. In chapter 2 a theoretical framework of urban food distribution is developed based on earlier projects, a literature study and interviews. This framework underlines the main elements of urban food distribution and serves as a theoretical outline for the following case studies and recommendations for improvement. Chapter 3 describes the current situation of fresh food distribution in the two chosen case studies Mexico City and Cairo using the framework of chapter 2 as a reference. Chapter 4 presents the conclusions from the case studies comparing the current situation of the respective urban fresh food distribution networks, assessing the performance of the system and stating the major challenges in both cities. Recommendations for intervention are given in chapter 5 taking into account the conclusions from the case studies, urban distribution initiatives and projects in Western European cities and expert interviews. Chapter 6 gives an outlook into further research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen UR Food & Biobased Research
Number of pages56
ISBN (Print)9789462573642
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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NameReport / Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research
PublisherWageningen UR Food & Biobased Research


  • food
  • distribution
  • food distribution programs
  • supply chain management
  • food chains
  • logistics
  • efficiency
  • urban areas
  • mexico
  • food security
  • food quality
  • food wastage
  • sustainability

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