INFORMAL FOOD SPACES (VIBANDA)
Global populations are urbanizing fast, in sub Saharan Africa urbanisation is playing its toll on the food systems. High food prices due to demand and supply complexs associated with the region have hatched challenges that are within themselves entrepreneurial hives. Startups such as Mama Carts and Soko Text are currently taking this gap.
Governments policies however in this region vary on thier position of food and nutrition standards. In the case of Kenya,Uganda and some East African counterparts women have taken up this opportunity and are in poorly designed food vibanda (kiosks ) positioned on road sides/reserve and within urban slum areas making themselves a living an average $50 a day from these ventures.
When women are empowered the whole community benefits. How do we secure these womens position in this spaces and ensure safe food and continued financial security for this women and girls?
A kibanda in Nairobi..