A guide to healthy food markets
With over half of the world's population now living in urban areas, food markets have become an important source of affordable food for many millions of people. At the same time, however, such markets have been associated with major outbreaks of diseases, including cholera, SARS and avian influenza. As part of its Healthy Cities Programme, WHO has developed an approach to improve that the safety and nutritional quality of foods sold in urban markets.
The Healthy Food Markets approach is being used in several pilot projects in cities around the world to coordinate efforts of all stakeholders to achieve incremental, but sustainable improvements in food markets. In addition to improvements to the physical infrastructure and essential services, behavioural changes by various market participants, including primary producers, wholesalers, market vendors, and consumers, are emphasized.
The WHO has issued a promotional brochure and guide for those interested in undertaking pilot projects in their countries.