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Informal food markets: what it takes to make them safer

By Silvia Alonso Alvarez, Senior scientist - Epidemiologist, International Livestock Research Institute
Delia Grace, Professor Food Safety Systems at the Natural Resources Institute (UK) and contributing scientist ILRI, International Livestock Research Institute
Hung Nguyen-Viet, Co-Leader, Animal and Human Health Program, International Livestock Research Institute
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Around the world, food systems and supply chains come in different shapes and sizes. And so too do food safety problems and their solutions.

In high-income countries, food supply chains are long and complex but also highly regulated and closely monitored. In low- and middle-income countries, major cities host similarly modern and regulated supply chains serving the growing middle and upper classes. But they also host traditional markets, often open air, made up of unregulated small businesses with basic infrastructure. These markets provide many people with an income and are also


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