Why do we need a gender perspective in research to improve food safety in informal markets?

Tezira Lore
Posted March 5, 2015 from Kenya
International Women's Day 2015
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International Women's Day [8 March 2015] is barely three days away. To mark this important day, I wrote a blog post on one of my professional interests – food safety – to highlightwhy research on food safety in informal markets needs to be carried out with a gender perspective.

Informal or traditional markets are very important for women, particularly in developing countries where most street food processors and sellers are women. Women often dominate in urban agriculture. Rural women are responsible for preparing and cooking food for their families, thus are important custodians not just of household food and nutritional security but also food safety.

Men and women have different roles in food production and processing. These different roles imply that men and women have different food-related benefits and risks. Therefore, if food safety researchers are going to make meaningful interventions to reduce risks and improve the safety of food sold in informal markets, they need to view food safety through a gender lens. This will help increase the capacity of women to manage food-borne health risks and improve food safety in the home and in the marketplace.

Happy International Women's Day 2015! Make It Happen! #IWD2015

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Eliza Gilmore
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 06, 2015


Thank you so much for sharing this! I absolutely loved reading your post and also your blog. What an interesting concept, approaching food security and food safety research with a gender lens. I must admit, I haven't really given deep thought to this issue before. I'm curious to know: what kind of educational efforts are being carried out in order to inform local communities about this in your area? Are there educational efforts in place that strive to teach prevention methods, and also to bring light to the importance of gender as it relates to food security?

Looking forward to connecting more with you about this!

Warm Regards, Eliza

Tezira Lore
Mar 08, 2015
Mar 08, 2015

Hi Eliza -- Thanks for your comment. Yes, there are a number of agricultural service providers that are involved in extension programs for various groups and associations representing farmers, milk sellers and processors, as well as other individuals involved in food production and processing. These programs are useful forums for training and information sharing.

Regards, Taz

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