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The Launching of Promises And Challenges of The Informal Food Sector in Developing Countries Publication

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is glad to inform you about the launching of “Promises and challenges of the informal food sector in developing countries”, a joint publication by the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division, and the Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division, of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department of FAO.


This publication, addressed to local policy makers, provides an overview of recent literature on the potential of the informal food sector to facilitate an affordable supply of food to urban areas and generate income for low-income households. The goal is to identify global patterns and provide policy suggestions as well as topics for future research. It also discusses examples of good practices in various countries and draws on discussions made by an international community of development practitioners and scholars that met in an international conference in 2006.

The document is available in two languages: English and Spanish. The electronic version in English is available at the following link:

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Olivio Argenti

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