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How to identify food deserts in Amazonian cities?

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Publication date1/04/2016
Host publicationProceedings of the GIS Research UK 24th Annual Conference GISRUK 2016
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages5
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Food deserts are areas without affordable access to healthy foods. This paper explores whether food deserts are present within urban areas of the Brazilian Amazon. The availability and price of a variety of food products was surveyed in a total of 304 shops, across 3 cities in 2015. Least-cost distances were calculated to estimate travel distance to access products, with map overlay used to help identify areas with poor access to a variety of healthy food - these were defined as food deserts.