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Taking stock - Indonesia Food Change Lab: raising the profile of street food vendors as providers of healthy food for low-income consumers

Felia Boerwinkel, Silvana Paath

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Bandung in West Java is Indonesia’s third largest city, with a population of 2.5 million and growing fast. It is young and progressive, with buzzing fashion, art and food scenes. Reflecting the urbanisation trend throughout the developing world, many low-skilled Indonesians are leaving their rural homes for urban areas like Bandung with economic potential; but living in the city on a low income makes them less food secure.

Access to affordable food is crucial, and one important source is Bandung’s informal food vendors. This is confirmed by research involving 300 mainly migrant female factory workers in the Gempol Sari area at the western edge of the city.

The women used food diaries daily to record their meals of the last 24 hours for a seven-day period. The results showed that for these female factory workers, food stalls or warung are the most important source of nutrition. Street food was their main source of food (50-80% of their total food intake), two to three times a day.

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