"Informalization" of Food Vending in China
From a Tool for Food Security to Employment Promotion
Keywords:COVID-19, Pandemic, China, Informal Markets, Informalization, Street Food, Vending, Employment
The central government of China required local governments to allow street food vending on May 27, 2020, which is essentially a policy of “informalization” in urban food governance. Before this, some local governments such as Nanjing Municipal Government had already relaxed the implementation of regulations for street food vending. The original purpose of allowing street food vending was to help ensure food security. Currently, it is used for increasing informal employment as a response to unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary informalization is important for mitigating food insecurity, which demonstrates China’s adaptability in contexts of crisis.
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