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Informal food vendors and their role in the food and nutrition security of low-income workers in Bandung City, Indonesia

This research is part of a process of evidence generation to help protect and improve the food systems of the urban poor in the city of Bandung, in a period of rapid urbanisation and modernisation. It focuses on the role of street food vendors and informal food providers, who have a contested place in the city’s growth. The research set out to better understand: (1) the place of street and informal vending in the city’s food system; and specifically (2) the role of different food outlets in the food and nutrition security of (mainly migrant) low-income female workers in Bandung’s factory area. It was conducted by the Centre for Sustainable Food Studies (CSFS) of Padjadjaran University, in collaboration with IIED and Hivos. The structure of this document is as follows: in Section 1 we provide some background on Bandung’s informal food system; in Section 2, we provide an overview of the informal street vendors and their consumers; in Section 3 we focus on the role of informal food vendors in providing food access to female factory workers; and Section 4 presents the conclusions and recommendations.

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