30 Nov '16, 7am

Koh Heng Hwee from @IPS_SG discusses methods to maintain cheap and accessible hawker food in Singapore.

Koh Heng Hwee from @IPS_SG discusses methods to maintain cheap and accessible hawker food in Singapore.

What can be done to ensure widespread availability of hawker food with costs kept affordable? A social enterprise model, where hawker centres operate on a not-for-profit basis, is one option. Two of the 20 new hawker centres that the National Environment Agency (NEA) has said it will build in areas which have fewer hawker options have opened in Hougang and Bukit Panjang. Rentals are kept affordable for vendors, food prices are capped, and profits are ploughed back into the hawker centre for training and assistance to stallholders, and food coupons to low-income residents, for instance. Operators further help hawkers to defray costs, for example, by buying meat in bulk from wholesalers.

Full article: https://www.ipscommons.sg/keeping-our-singaporean-hawker-...

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