Local food market infrastructure improvements

This solution was shared by GAIN Tanzania / IFSS Research Team , 25 May 2022

Print date: 18 October 2023 01:52

Description of the innovative solution

Collaboration Community building Preservation Solar energy Waste Water availability Food safety Infrastructure Market access Market development Postharvest technology Technical training/support Urban planning Consumer choice Food environment - external Food environment - personal Tuft's Innovation Lab

Local food markets are vital nodes in the food systems, serving as the link between consumers and producers especially in rural and peri-urban areas. In low-and-middle income countries, there are often common challenges of market waste management, poor sanitation and aging infrastructure that lacks adequate ventilation, etc. As these markets enable easy access to food for residents and offer many food-based livelihood opportunities, they are critical to both food safety and sustainable regional economic development. Market infrastructure itself can have significant impacts on food safety and accessibility. As such, infrastructure improvements can support food system transformation in critical ways. This innovation proposes to improve a local food market's infrastructure to enable wholesalers, retailers and consumers to meet their needs in a healthier food environment by improving food hygiene and safety, allowing for more equitable access for all types of consumers (e.g. handicapped persons). Likewise, infrastructure for food vendors built with any combination of innovative techniques - an air circulation system with solar lighting (to reduce electric costs) or an improved cooking gas system (to reduce or eliminate the need for firewood and charcoal), improved toilets with rain-water collection systems (reducing water use) - can have major impact on both human and planetary health. This innovation has the potential to reduce food loss due to spoilage, poor storage and/or handling, as well as increase sales and consumption and improve food hygiene and safety. All market stakeholder commitments (ministry, local government, food vendors…etc) should be aligned to move the solution to impact. Market reconstruction techniques and practices would create a more sustainable and safer working environment for food suppliers with high potential to transform the livelihoods of local consumers.

Supply chain segment

Wholesale, markets and retail Consumers

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food quality Food safety Food availability Food desirability Climate mitigation Water use

SDG target

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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