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Street Foods: Traditional Microenterprise in a Modernizing World

Irene Tinker
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
Vol. 16, No. 3, Toward Gender Equity: Policies and Strategies (Spring, 2003), pp. 331-349
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20020170
Page Count: 19
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Street Foods: Traditional Microenterprise in a Modernizing World
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Abstract

Action-research projects focused on poor women both collect information and design interventions to improve their livelihood. This approach is illustrated by studying street food vendors in Iloilo, Philippines. Findings document the importance of street foods as a source of income and of food. Interventions to improve both safe food handling and income were proposed and tested in Iloilo and Manila; a revisit after a decade shows their long-term impact on the vendors. Overall, this and six other studies comprising the street food project influenced policy changes by municipal, national, and international agencies and organizations. The conclusions challenge theoretical assumptions held by economists concerning the informal sector and by feminists regarding the family.

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