Many small street vendors and food stalls can make a living for themselves and their families by processing or selling foodstuffs. In Malaysia, for example, preparation and sale of street foods employs more than 100 000 people and generates more than US$2.2 billion in sales annually. If product quality can be assured, street foods provide adequate and inexpensive nourishment for many urban inhabitants.

Costa Rica: retail market "Feria Libre" in San José
FAO photo from O. Argenti

More photos in this series:
  • Ghana: filling sacks for food distribution at a warehouse in Accra
  • Cambodia: streets choked with traffic pose a major obstacle to food distribution
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