Insights into community vulnerability and resilience following natural disasters: perspectives with food retailers in Northern NSW, Australia

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Singh-Peterson, Lila and Lawrence, Geoffrey. 2014. "Insights into community vulnerability and resilience following natural disasters: perspectives with food retailers in Northern NSW, Australia." Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability. 20 (7), pp. 782-795. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2013.873396
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Insights into community vulnerability and resilience following natural disasters: perspectives with food retailers in Northern NSW, Australia

ERA Journal ID36329
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSingh-Peterson, Lila (Author) and Lawrence, Geoffrey (Author)
Journal TitleLocal Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability
Journal Citation20 (7), pp. 782-795
Number of Pages14
Year2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1354-9839
1469-6711
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2013.873396
Web Address (URL)http:/www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2013.873396
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The resilience of Australia's food-supply chain following natural disasters has been brought into question, following the significant flooding and cyclone events of 2010/2011. How this manifests at the community level, in both rural and urban locations, has been examined through the lens of large and small food retailers in northern NSW. These interviews reveal the fragility of both the long and short supply chain where transport systems are compromised. Self-imposed standards severely restricted the ability of supermarkets to acquire fresh food, in the face of transport disruptions. Similarly, the precarious position of rural food retailers, exposed to continual fuel and electricity price increases, is compounded by the impact of extreme weather events. The insights captured through this study suggest interception points, or policy entry points, to address the resilience of the food-supply chain.

KeywordsFood-supply chains; Reslience of food-supply; Rural community resilience; Food systems vulnerability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420602. Health equity
410199. Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
440406. Rural community development
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of the Sunshine Coast
University of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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