Technical report

Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on wet market reforms

Date released
01 December 2023
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Kevin Bardosh
Renzo Guito 
Salome Bukachi
Tran Minh Hang
Marianne Bongcac
Mara Ysabella M. de los Santos
Caroline Mburu
David Kelly
Cecily Maller


This report explores the perceptions of the safety of traditional wet markets, which became the focus of international media attention early in the pandemic. It provides an understanding of the context in which the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were enacted in Kenya, Vietnam and the Philippines, and provides recommendations for the management of future global crises that could moderate the severity of impact of biosecurity measures on food systems and livelihoods.

It is the first of 4 ‘deeper dive’ assessments of research-for-development issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are the conclusion of a three-stage assessment process that began with ACIAR Technical Report 95 Food systems security, resilience and emerging risks in the Indo-Pacific in the context of COVID-19: a rapid assessment and continued with ACIAR Technical Report 96 COVID-19 and food systems in the Indo-Pacific: An assessment of vulnerabilities, impacts and opportunities for action.