- 27th February 2023
By the Finovista team.
The Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Programme in India supported the 12th National Street Food Festival (Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, 13-15 January 2023) by linking elected street food vendors at the Festival with electric cooking (eCooking), with the objective of spreading awareness of the multiple benefits that clean cooking offers among the thousands of participant visitors and street food vendors.
The Festival provides a unique platform where street food vendors from different regions and places assemble with their signature dishes, interacting with thousands of visitors. The Street Food Festival is organised annually by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), which was set up as an advocacy platform of street vendor organisations in India. NASVI brings vendors’ issues of livelihood and social security to the forefront.
Throughout the Festival, MECS in India visited and sought the opinion of street food vendors on their working experiences with electric cooking devices (specifically, induction cooking) based on device usage during the Festival. A survey with a set of questions on the same topic was also conducted with the street food vendors.
The MECS Programme with NASVI demonstrated that vendors hold very positive views regarding working with induction stoves, as it is a clean cooking method and quite user friendly. MECS, with the assistance of NASVI, connected additional street food vendors, particularly women vendors who use eCooking. The outcomes of this project have generated very positive signals in favour of a larger pilot study to be conducted with street food vendors in the future. NASVI has also suggested to invite MECS to collaborate on the next National Street Food Festival featuring 100% electric cooking.
Featured images, top: MECS in India showcasing electric cooking in collaboration with street food vendors at the 12th National Street Food Festival, New Delhi, organised by NASVI (image credit: Finovista).