Street Foods: Urban Food and Employment in Developing Countries

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"Street foods," the term coined by Irene Tinker for the Equity Policy Center (EPOC) action research project, today defines the study of all the meals and snacks and sweets sold on the street for immediate consumption. As many as 10% of men and women are employed in this industry, and up to 20% of a household food expenditure goes toward these foods.

The culmination of fifteen years of research in provincial cities in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, and Senegal, Street Foods provides the first empirical study of who makes, sells, and eats food on the streets. The project detailed in this book was and will be a means to affect change on both micro and macro levels: the findings were utilized to improve the income of the vendors themselves and the safety of the food they sold, and to influence public policy to recognize the value of this informal sector activity instead of trying to restrict the trade. The accumulated power of the Street Food Project findings brings new insights to the nature of microenterprises, the interventions that really help improve income and food safety, and the gender aspects of the street food trade. Challenging conventional wisdom about the informal sector and assumptions in development theory about women, Street Foods will reframe the major debates shaping research and aid policies for poor, small-scale entrepreneurs in developing countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195104356
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pt. I Cities and Their Street Foods 19
1 Bogor, Indonesia 23
2 Iloilo, Philippines 43
3 Chonburi, Thailand 61
4 Manikganj, Bangladesh 75
5 Minia, Egypt 93
6 Ziguinchor, Senegal 113
7 Ile-Ife, Nigeria 125
Pt. II The Street Food Project: Influencing Development Theory and Practice 147
8 Vendors and the Economics of Their Enterprises 149
9 Foods on the Street and the People Who Eat Them 177
10 Implications for Research, Planning, and Policy 196
Afterword: Putting It All Together 212
Notes 217
Glossary 229
Bibliography 231
Index of Recipes 245
General Index 246
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