Weaving together the individual reports of these seven diverse cities, each using the basic design of the Street Foods Project to produce distinct patterns, has been a daunting task. Each study expanded into new areas propelled by the demands of the local situation and the curiosity of its staff. The focus and success of interventions to improve the trade in both its economic and food service aspects varied even more, dependent on the local political as well as cultural climate.
Returning to the field five to ten years after each study was completed was both a humbling and exhilarating experience. In Iloilo, the present and former mayors welcomed me at the airport with a banner and flower garlands, and the former regional director of the national planning authority produced data about economic change over the last decade. In comparison, all the members of the research team in Ife had scattered abroad--to Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, and the United States--but the local public health coordinator continues to train vendors. In nearby Ibadan, as in Bogor and Minia, local leaders have expanded their concerns for street food vendors far beyond the EPOC project and are engaged in impressive programs that combine research, training, and organizing. In Manikganj, the local nongovernmental organization shifted its focus from credit for vendors to technical assistance for producers and producer/sellers of street foods. Rapid economic development in Thailand has altered the patterns of the trade as more foods are produced industrially, mostly by indigenous firms; meanwhile, the popularity of taking quick meals on the street has, if anything, increased as congestion magnifies transit time between home and work. In contrast, the economy of Ziguinchor, constrained by civil unrest, has sent many vendors to Dakar to survive.
These stories have all been chronicled in the individual city chapters. EPOC city data have been amplified in many countries with materials from subsequent studies completed by local researchers; the analytical chapters include results from case studies in Kingston and Pune that utilized the EPOC methodology and often include information drawn from FAO studies. Taken together, these data conclusively estab