Professionalising Street Food and Creating new possibilities

Street food advocacy activists, food, health and nutrition experts and social entrepreneurs assert that the country needs to tap into the huge potential of the street food vending sector for employment generation, food and health security and growth of tourismThe street food advocacy campaign gained momentum last Thursday with street food representatives, food, health and nutrition experts and social entrepreneurs asserting at a national consultation organised by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) here in Delhi that the country needs to tap the huge potentials of street food vending sector for employment generation, food and health security and growth of tourism. The street food advocates demanded of the government to formulate a national policy for preservation and professionalisation of street food.

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Of Mandela Day and Mealies

18 July 2013 marked the 95th birthday of former President, Nelson Mandela, revered as “Tata” (Father) of the nation, and it marks the fourth International Mandela Day since November 2009. The campaign’s message is simple; Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights. Accordingly, it asks that individuals, groups and corporates use just 67 minutes of their time on 18 July to give back, whether by supporting a charity or serving the community. The aim is to encourage positive change, no matter how big or small the action, just as Mandela did.

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UPTA has constituted the National Federation of Street Traders in Madrid, aiming to dignify and professionalise their activities.

Madrid In 2007, the year with the latest official statistics, there were a total of 181,567 market stalls, identifying, in communities higher than 300 residents, up to 2,854 markets that gave work to more than 150,000 people in Spain. Street trading is between 4 and 7% of the total retail trade in Spain.

In order to continue this activity, UPTA(Union of professional and Independent Workers) has formed the National Federation of street traders, in Madrid, mainly composed by the most representative associations of almost all the Autonomous Communities formed by self-employed workers. "The purpose of this Federation will be to fight and protect the interests of these business professionals and the dignity of the profession itself", assures the General –Secretary of UPTA Spain, Sebastián Reyna.

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Lack of response from EThekwini Municipality regarding requests for better service delivery and working conditions for Informal traders

On June 26, over a thousand informal traders marched to protest against Ethekwini municipality for better service delivery and working conditions for informal traders. Ubumbano Traders Alliance delivered a memorandum to the Mayors Office on behalf of the informal traders.

Ubumbano Traders Alliance

Ubumbano and Phillip Sithole from the Business Unit agreed to have a meeting.This has not yet happened. While waiting for responses to the memorandum, officials were instructed two days later (28 June), to close down the stalls of street traders who owed rent money. Officials were also instructed to close down the storerooms.

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies