The Municipal Roundtable Discussion on design of safe markets for nutritious food was held as a town hall-style meeting on the 18 and 19 May 2021 in Birnin Kebbi. The Roundtable's purpose was to update participants on EatSafe Nigeria project activities; discuss and receive input/suggestions from stakeholders on potential interventions that will make informal markets safer for nutritious food in Kebbi State; and strengthen collaboration towards ensuring safer markets for nutritious food in Kebbi State. On average, about one hundred participants attended on each day of the event.
The key challenges to promoting food safety in the traditional markets include the poor Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices that hamper food safety culture; lack of suitable equipment/infrastructure; lack of financial resources and support; lack of stakeholder motivation; and concerns about potential increases in price due to adoption of improved food safety techniques/methods. The stakeholders’ recommended training; review of legislation; provision of facilities/infrastructure; advocacy; formation of consumer associations; and food safety sensitization/awareness through mass media outreach, among others.