Accessing Food on the Street in Three African Cities

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- Strategies used by street children and youth to access food include informal work, prostitution, trading sex for food, begging, theft, picking from bins, sharing, building relationships with trusted adults, NGOs, churches.
- Lacking a safe space to store utensils and prepare food themselves, street children and youth often rely on poor quality food bought on the streets.
- Risks in accessing food include malnutrition, food poisoning, exploitation, and police detention, as well as low self-esteem, ridicule and humiliation.
- Young people use drugs to give them courage to pick from bins, steal, or cope with hunger.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBriefing Paper
Media of outputOnline
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameGrowing up on the Streets: Briefing Papers


  • Child Protection
  • Food
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Resilience
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Stigmatisation

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    • 1 Commissioned report

    Africa Consultation Report for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment on Children in Street Situations

    Turgut, N., van Blerk, L., Shand, W., Shanahan, P., Hunter, J., Gbeglo, S., d’Aquin Rubambura, T. & Chitsiku, S., 2016, University of Dundee. 29 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
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    Methodology: Longitudinal, Participatory Research with Street Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa

    van Blerk, L., Shand, W. & Shanahan, P., Mar 2014, 4 p. StreetInvest.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
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    Research Principles and Conceptual Framework

    van Blerk, L., Shand, W. & Shanahan, P., Jan 2014, 4 p. England : StreetInvest.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
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    2017 Stephen Fry Awards Public: Engagement Project of the Year

    van Blerk, Lorraine (Recipient), Wayne Shand (Recipient) & Hunter, Janine (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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