The significance of community markets, in terms of economic and social benefits and women’s security, has been highlighted in a series of short reports about informal markets in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Dr Meg Keen and Dr Anouk Ride recently published three publications in the InBrief series of the Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University: an introduction to the research project and one on vendor livelihoods and one on women, security and social inclusion.
The research is the first to survey roadside food markets to detail the value of the markets, women’s livelihoods and perceptions of security and market management at White River, Henderson and Fishing Village markets. Surveys and focus groups were conducted by a team of local researchers including Dr Anouk Ride, Melinda Ki’i and Miriam Resture. The research was conducted with funding support from by UN Women and the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives and access permission from the Guadalcanal Provincial Government and Honiara City Council.