Our commitment to safe food goes beyond the safety and quality of our own products. Nestlé India joined hands with the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and national and local food authorities, including the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) in Delhi, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Medical and Health Services in Rajasthan, Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration in Goa and the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Kerala to launch Project 'Serve Safe Food' for training street food vendors.
The training of street vendors is conducted through NASVI's training center and includes subjects such as safe food handling, good hygiene, waste management and entrepreneurship. In 2017, the programme was implemented across Goa, Rajasthan, U.P., Kerala and Delhi, reaching out to about 5,000 street food vendors who were also awarded a certificate and presented a hygiene kit at the end of the training.
Street food vending is an informal source of employment and vendors face constraints such as lack of business knowledge and skills, limited training opportunities and restricted mobility, which prevents their growth and income stability. The programme also helps them improve livelihoods. On an average, trained vendors experienced an approximately 25% growth in revenue.