Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2003.
Informal Meat Delivery, Phonsavan Market, Laos
Phonsavan is a small city of about 35,000 inhabitants. In many
developing countries, supplying urban markets in fresh products
commonly takes place in an informal manner where producers take care
of delivering their goods (own account). On the above photo, the delivery vehicle
is a temporary conversion of a two-wheeled tractor that commonly
serves to till land. The animals are slaughtered and then the
carcasses are immediately brought to the market to be cut down in
accordance to customers' demands. This form of motorization enables
to support small scale freight distribution that is effective at
supplying cities with fresh food from its immediate hinterland.