The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Consumption Habits, Food Purchasing Behaviours, and Food Security Status among South Africans

Authors

  • Ashika Naicker Durban University of Technology
  • Onwaba Makanjana Durban University of Technology
  • Karina Palmer University of Zululand
  • Phindile Nzama Durban University of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51415/ajims.v3i1.915

Keywords:

COVID-19, South Africa, food consumption habits, food purchasing behaviour , food security

Abstract

This study assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food consumption habits, food purchasing behaviours, and food security status among South African adults. The researchers conducted an online consumer survey for the month of October 2020. Approximately two-thirds of participants were youth and women, predominantly from KwaZulu-Natal. A significant number of participants reported to either having remained the same weight or gained weight.  Changes in food consumption habits included a significant increase in snack consumption, increased water consumption, and improved food skills. Notably, no food was eaten significantly more than before COVID-19 and no food was eaten significantly less than before COVID-19. Regarding food purchasing behaviours, a significantly high number of participants indicated that food prices increased during the lockdown. Whilst a significant number of participants indicated that they had no difficulties eating enough food, a significant number of participants reported that they could not afford to buy more food and as a coping strategy resorted to planting vegetables. The findings of this survey provide an advancement of knowledge on food consumption, food purchasing behaviours, and food security status during emergency situations as well as long-term food-related strategies.

 

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Published

2021-09-03 — Updated on 2021-09-08

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How to Cite

Naicker, A., Makanjana, O. ., Palmer, K. and Nzama, P. (2021) “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Consumption Habits, Food Purchasing Behaviours, and Food Security Status among South Africans”, African Journal of Inter/Multidisciplinary Studies, 3(1), pp. 131–143. doi: 10.51415/ajims.v3i1.915.