Stakeholders' Perspectives on Food Safety in Kebbi State, Nigeria

In Nigeria, consumption of unsafe food results in an estimated173 million cases of diarrhea due to foodborne illness and about 33,000 deaths annually. Perspectives on food safety by stakeholders in Kebbi State were obtained through a stakeholder mapping exercise. Key objectives of the study were to identify stakeholders according to their influence and interest in food safety and understand their perspectives on food safety. Stakeholders identified gender-related barriers to food safety, such as low level of education of women, cultural norms, and religious restrictions; suggesting that women should be empowered based on the important role they play in the food supply chain; including informal markets where the majority of households purchase their food items.

This peer reviewed paper was adapted from an EatSafe program report.