COVID-19 lockdown impact on Tunisian consumer behaviors and awareness related to food consumption and wastage during celebrations: Case of study “Ramadan month”

Authors

  • Hanen Ben Ismail 1 Department of Agri-Food Industries, National Institute of Agronomy of Tunisia (INAT), UR17AGR01, University of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia 2 Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Tunis, LR11ES09, University Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7178-3549
  • Sarra Jribi Department of Agri-Food Industries, National Institute of Agronomy of Tunisia (INAT), UR17AGR01, University of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9102-4782
  • Darine Doggui National Institute for Consumption (INC), Tunis, Tunisia
  • Hajer Debbabi Department of Agri-Food Industries, National Institute of Agronomy of Tunisia (INAT), UR17AGR01, University of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5825-6744

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51745/najfnr.6.13.46-54

Keywords:

COVID-19 Lockdown, Ramadan, consumer’s behavior, leftover, food waste

Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic deeply marked 2020 at different scales: socially, economically, and environmentally. Accordingly, several changes were observed at these different scales. Aims: This study aimed to highlight changes induced by COVID-19 lockdown on consumer behaviors and awareness related to food consumption and wastage during a celebration period, Ramadan in Tunisia. Methodology: An online survey on 317 respondents (71.6% women and 28.4% men) was carried out during the first 15 days of Ramadan season and was focused on demographic data, awareness and attitudes toward food waste, food purchase and consumption habits.  Results:  Although the COVID-19 has impaired the construction of Iftar menus, 53.9% of respondents have kept preparing, overcooking and consuming traditional meals. Interestingly about 66% claimed decreasing food waste this year. Conclusion: Results of this study have clearly established that time of crisis has led to virtuous consumers’ behaviors and attitudes, in place of consumerist practices, during Ramadan celebration season.

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Published

2022-03-15

How to Cite

Ben Ismail, H. ., Jribi, S., Doggui, D., & Debbabi, H. (2022). COVID-19 lockdown impact on Tunisian consumer behaviors and awareness related to food consumption and wastage during celebrations: Case of study “Ramadan month”. The North African Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 6(13), 46–54. https://doi.org/10.51745/najfnr.6.13.46-54