The informal sector is the biggest private sector in many African and Asian countries. Informal market actors are of key importance in the provision of food, especially for low income consumers. Informality is here to stay and it is interlinked with the formal part of the economy.
Conventional thinking is not grasping the real-world of the informal economy
A growing community of development professionals aims to go beyond this analysis and explore how to work with informal actors in the pursuit of enhanced food system outcomes. You can listen to some of their experiences in this recording.
Earlier events on this topic, held in 2022 and 2023, are listed below. A work plan for 2024 is being developed.