Supporting informal markets could
improve nutrition for urban poor

July 14, 2017 | By More

For the urban poor, the informal economy and informal markets have long been essential for buying the food they need to feed their families. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that the average size of the informal market as a percentage of GDP in sub-Saharan Africa is 41%. This ranges from under 30% in South Africa to 60% in Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The informal market is also one of the biggest employers, accounting for 72% of non-agricultural employment in Africa. It is therefore an important source of income for many and enables financial independence, especially for women.

• Read the full article – Why supporting Africa’s informal markets could mean better nutrition for poor city dwellers, by Katrin Glatzel for the Malabo Montpellier Panel – here:

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