Food Safety Attitudes and Practices in Hawassa, Ethiopia: A Quantitative Formative Assessment

In conjunction with EatSafe's other Phase I (Formative Research) activities, this quantitative formative assessment sought to understand consumers' and vendors' knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) about food safety in one traditional food market in Hawassa, Ethiopia. In July and August 2022, EatSafe surveyed 300 consumers and vendors (N=150 each). Key findings include:

  • Given EatSafe's key commodities in Ethiopia are kale, lettuce, and tomato, it is important to note that most vegetable vendors are women.
  • Consumers chose a particular vendor based on food quality, price, personality of the vendor, and the safety of the food.
  • Vendors are generally not worried about foodborne disease, but were interested in learning more about bacteria or microbes the negative health effects of consuming unsafe food.