Under normal circumstances, traditional markets can pose a number of food safety and hygiene risks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, markets also pose a significant risk of respiratory disease transmission, affecting both vendors and consumers. Working or shopping in crowded, risky environments, and falling ill will have devastating effects on their families and nutrition security for entire households. Markets must remain open so that consumers can access nutritious food and vendors and their supply chains can maintain their livelihoods.
To assess market functioning under COVID-19 and strengthen the voice of vendors and consumers in the pandemic response and recovery, GAIN has conducted bi-weekly surveys in two traditional markets in each country. Results are presented in two report types: Bulletin Summaries and Traditional Market Reports (TMRs).
Bulletins include five countries and time periods:
- Bangladesh, September 2020 - May 2021
- Ethiopia, December 2020 - February 2021
- Kenya, September 2020 - March 2021
- Nigeria, October 2020 - August 2021
- Tanzania, January - March 2021
TMRs include three countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, and Nigeria) with separate issues released in January and March 2021.