Effect of Covid-19 on food security: A cross-sectional survey

Type Journal Article - Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
Title Effect of Covid-19 on food security: A cross-sectional survey
Volume 40
Issue 2020
Publication (Day/Month/Year)
Page numbers 171-178
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405457720302138
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and subsequent quarantine could raise the risk of food inadequacy and nutrition deficiency crises. This study aimed to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on household food security in Jordan, determined the percentage of food security and the levels of food insecurity during the quarantine, determined the associated factor with food insecurity, and determined main food groups associated with FINS during the quarantine. A cross-sectional study was conducted using a Web-based validated questionnaire. The Food Insecurity Experience Scale was used to measure the food insecurity during the first four weeks of the quarantine, and a modified food consumption score was used to determine the number of times the household consumes each food group. Univariate and multiple logistic regression models were used to describe, explore, and predict risk factors correlated with food insecurity among Jordanians, during the first four weeks of the quarantine. A total of 3129 Jordanians had responded to the assessment and fully answered the questionnaire. The results indicated that Covid-19 and its subsequent quarantine have a tangible impact on food security levels for the populations. Awareness and strategies to support individuals at higher risks should be guided not only by the income but also by other risk factors identified in the present study as the number of persons in the family, younger adults (18–30 years old), and those who do not own their houses.

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