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Food Change Lab Bandung

In Indonesia, the target policy is the relocation of street vendors.  Informal street vendors are a hot topic of debate: they are viewed as a barrier to urban transformation, by obstructing the flow of traffic and pedestrians, despoiling of green spaces, and poor food quality and hygiene. But they are also seen – at least in spatial planning policy -- as part of the solution, because vendors play a huge role in food access, food security and employment for tens of millions of low-income households.

‘Relocation and empowerment’ programmes -- designed as a mix of moving vendors to purpose-built centres away from the busy thoroughfares, legal recognition, and self-regulation – have a mixed record, after the celebrated successes instigated in Solo and Jakarta by (now president) Joko Widodo.  A Food Lab process with vendors’ associations can help provide for policy innovations in support of inclusive approaches to this huge informal sector. There is also an opportunity to support evidence-based rehabilitation of the environment around the vendor centres.

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