A street cart called Hope
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CTA. 2002. A street cart called Hope. Spore 100. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Often a thorn in the flesh and the oh-so-tidy minds of city traffic and hygiene departments, food vendors serve a burdgeoning market and not just the poor amid annual city growth rates of 10%. The sector, about as informal as can be, provides...
Often a thorn in the flesh and the oh-so-tidy minds of city traffic and hygiene departments, food vendors serve a burdgeoning market and not just the poor amid annual city growth rates of 10%. The sector, about as informal as can be, provides income for peri-urban farmers and for sizeable chunks of any city s population, often women, working from their street carts and little stands. Their food is fast, filling and familiar, and good value too. Recognised by nutrition workers in the mid-1980s as the best way to deliver nutrient supplements to many city dwellers, street vending still awaits broad recognition from city planners. Hope is at hand: 'breakthrough comin through', as one Jamaican vendor told Spore recently. Early in 2002, Ghana s Food Research Institute reported on its census of the Accra s food vending sector, undertaken with the Natural Resources Institute (UK). It employs 60,000 people; its annual profits are US$ 24 million; turnover US$ 100 million. Two-thirds of Accra s workers take their main meals there; many children and students nowhere else. The Accra study, uncannily paralleled by another by Alice Mboganie Mwangi of Nairobi University, points to greater health risks than seen in earlier FAO studies a short decade ago. More food is being grown with waste grey water and contaminated soils. Storage, preparation and serving are at times unhygienic, as is waste disposal. The studies serve up their key message - better to improve the sector than forbid it in helpings of practical measures: provide vendors with access to running water, toilets and energy, and give them hygiene training on safe vending, just as the food giant Unilever did for 4,000 vendors in Accra, in return for promoting their products. The critical measure to recognise and nurture the sector received a massive boost in mid-June when the International Labour Office decided to better address the needs of workers and enterprises in the informal economy. [caption to illustration] Beignets, fritters. High tea, Haiti. StreetNet Association PO Box 61139, Bishopsgate, Durban 4008, South Africa Fax: +27 31 306 7490 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.streetnet.org.za