Street Food Vendors and Skill Training in Addis ketema sub city: analysis of current practices, opportunities and challenges an

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Addis ababa univeresty


The study sought to examine skill training and practices, opportunities and challenges of street food vendors in Woreda 8 of Addis Ketema Sub city. Data were collected from street food vendors and officials, customers through questionnaires, in-depth personal interviews, and direct observations so as to triangulate the evidence. From the findings of the study it revealed that street food vendor’ lacks three basic skills; these are foundational, numeracy and market skills. Though, it significantly helped to reduce unemployment, increased incomes of vendors and provided urban dwellers with inexpensive and varied indigenous meals. Moreover, street food vending, had no prior skill training in carrying on their business. The study also revealed that two basic challenges entangled food vendors, one is structural, and the other is hygienic. Strengthen their capacities and skills through training, credit, empowerment and infrastructure so as to enhance their competitiveness and productivity need to be everyone’s cooperation. The government should recognize street food industry through legislation and introduction of a code of practice. Moreover area of the intervention in training area shown that capacity building in marketing skills, numeracy skills, business development and hygiene in the production of safe food were highly demanded by food vendors. Finally minimizing barriers to the legal operation of street food businesses, such as policies aspects as easier registration and licensing needs to be future prospects of them. To enhance safe and enabling environment there needs to have further research to describe the nature of street f o o d vending and quantify the consumption of street foods in Addis Ababa and their economic benefits as well as ways to improve the standards of street food.