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Title:Generating an Income in the Urban Environment: The Experience of Street Food Vendors in Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Authors:Pearce, Tola O.
Kujore, Olufemi O.
Agboh-Bankole, V. Aina
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:informal sector
food trade
Labor and Employment
Economics and Trade
Women's Issues
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160348
Abstract:This paper provides baseline data on the economic situation of one group of workers within the informal sector of Nigeria's urban economy - street food vendors. Research was carried out among street food vendors in Ile-Ife, Oyo State, in 1984, focusing on the levels of income generated by food vendors and the problems associated with the enterprise. Interviews were conducted with a ten percent sample (260) of vendors, 94 percent of whom were women. It was found that the majority of street food vendors receive low remuneration when compared to lower-level formal-sector employees, but that their situation appears favourable in comparison to that of rural workers, many market traders, and employees in small private concerns. Yet they have to work without the necessary infrastructure, such as good roads, water supply, and refuse disposal systems. Given the long hours worked and the meagre profits made by most vendors, the authors suggest intervention strategies that could increase the food vendors' income as well as the quality of the service. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French.