Despite the importance of the informal food economy in fulfilling the daily and weekly food needs of a
large proportion of South Africa’s low-income population, it appears little research exists on the exact
nature of the relationship between the informal food economy and food security. This paper performed
the first qualitative systematic review of research from South Africa that addresses both these aspects.
This work was partly supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development.
Even-Zahav, E., and Kelly, C. 2016. Systematic review of the literature on ‘informal economy’ and ‘food security’: South Africa, 2009–2014, Working Paper 35. Cape Town: PLAAS, UWC and Centre of Excellence on Food Security
Systematic review of the literature on ‘informal economy’ and ‘food security’: South Africa, 2009–2014