The research is led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with the National Institute of Veterinary Research, the Institute of Environmental Health and Sustainable Development, and MDRI. It aims to reduce the burden of foodborne diseases by enabling, capacitating, and motivating food value chain actors’ food safety practices from production to consumption. The research is implemented in 68 wet markets in five provinces in Vietnam (Ha Noi, Thai Nguyen, Thua Thien Hue, Can Tho, Dong Nai) during 2023- 2024. In half of the study markets, pork vendors receive food safety training, tools, and a voluntary food safety rating program, while consumers take part in food safety campaigns.
To assist in intervention evaluation, MDRI is in charge of:
- Conducting a census of pork vendors in participating markets;
- Conducting two rounds of data collection (a baseline and one follow-up) with combination of (i) observing and interviewing vendors; and (ii) interviewing consumers.
- Implementing surveillance and rating interventions for vendors’ food safety practices after the food safety training and equipment are provided by other partners.
- Pilot and provide inputs to finalize research tools as well as procedures of data collection and surveillance
- Program the tools for the census, data collection, and surveillance into the tablets
- Recruit and train enumerators and other staffs as required
- Develop a logistics plan for the fieldwork
- Develop a data quality and monitoring plan for data collection
- Coordinate the conducting of the census, data collection, and surveillance and rating activities
- Deliver datasets
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