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The Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP) is an international network of cities and city-based partner organizations which focuses on the relationships between rapid urbanization, informality, inclusive growth and urban food systems in the Global South.

The HCP conducts collaborative research, training and advocacy with the objective of providing innovative solutions to the challenge of building sustainable cities and policies and programs that promote food security in the cities.

The HCP currently operates in China, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique and South Africa and is funded by the International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

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Oota Aytha? 

- an unwavering greeting, question, and conversation started in Bangalore. 


IIHS in partnership with the Hungry Cities Project, carried out a large scale survey to understand the livelihoods of street food vendors in Bangalore. The survey, conducted from September to October 2018, collected responses on entrepreneurial motivations, employment networks, licensing, operations and aspirations for their businesses. In-depth interviews with food vendors were conducted in the months of May and June 2019 to understand how food has shaped their livelihood, and how that livelihood was built around, within and through the city. 


At the exhibition, we present a collection of narratives in the form of audio, animations, illustrations and photographs accompanied with statistical insights from the research conducted in the past 12 months.The exhibition highlights the nuanced and contentious give-and-take between street food vendors, the city and the state.

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