Street food innovations

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 05 October 2022 10:54

Description of the innovative solution

Nutritious food Food design Consumer choice Food environment - external Food environment - personal Retail promotion Healthy diet Double-duty action

Street foods around the world often have large concentrations of fat, sugar, and sodium, low quantities of vital micronutrients, and occasional food safety concerns. These convenient, cheap, and quick items tend to exacerbate countries' levels of obesity and malnutrition. Street vendors are also often stationed outside of schools, which might place children with close proximities to street foods at a higher risk of dietary-linked diseases. Switching away from these readily-available foods requires significant behavior changes, which often only occurs with increased income and is thus a long term issue. Healthier street food alternatives are needed in order to circumvent the need for complex behavior changes and to address the burdens of obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. This innovation involves replacing nutrient-poor, unhealthy ingredients with nutrient-rich, healthier ingredients in order to increase the availability of high nutrient content foods for workers and students. Collaboration with street food vendors would be necessary to develop these healthier recipes, and partnerships with the school management committees would be necessary for the introduction of healthier alternatives in the school environment.

Supply chain segment

Wholesale, markets and retail

Maturity level

Gaining traction


Food quality Food availability Food affordability Food desirability Climate adaptation Reducing biodiversity loss Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being


Urban Peri-urban

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Food safety and nutrition challenges for food vendors in Bangladesh
Scientific paper
This research paper explores the challenges that Bangladesh street vendors face in making street food more nutritious and higher in food safety.


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