The street foods play an important socioeconomic role in meeting food and nutritional requirements of city consumers at affordable prices to the lower and middle income people. Food handlers have been found to play prominent roles in the transmission of food-borne diseases and can pose a significant public health problem because of their poor knowledge of safe food handling. Vendors are often poor, uneducated, and lack knowledge in safe food handling, environment, sanitation and hygiene, mode of food display, food service and hand washing, sources of raw materials, and use of potable water. Consequently, street foods are perceived to be a major public health risk. Considering the health risk of street foods PKSF launched Promotion of Safe Street Food Management Practices Project as a sub-project of Sustainable Enterprise (SEP) Project.
Major activities of the project
- Ensure safe street food for city dwellers
- Reducing environmental pollution, occupational hazards and livelihood risks of street food vendors.
- Provide technical know-how to ensure safety of street food.
Padakhep has been implementing the project with the purpose of making the street food business profitable and long-term with safe food production, environmental protection and providing technical and financial assistance to the entrepreneurs.
The project is being implemented in Mirpur and Mohammadpur area under Dhaka City Corporation and Rangpur Sadar and Co Bazar area under Rangpur City Corporation
- -The project started in June 2021 and will be ended in May 2023. The project activities will be implemented in the business clusters of food service sub-sector to improve the overall business and environment of the microenterprises. The project will cover 350 ME’s involved in street food and restaurant business.
- The World Bank