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Impact of COVID-19 on Food Behavior and Consumption in Qatar

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Department of International Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Doha 2713, Qatar
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International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM-Bari), Via Ceglie 9, 70010 Valenzano (Bari), Italy
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Department of Agricultural Management, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, 41476-54919, Iran
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Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University, Private Bag X2046, Internal Box 575, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6973; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176973
Received: 27 July 2020 / Revised: 22 August 2020 / Accepted: 23 August 2020 / Published: 27 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Management of Agri-Food under COVID-19)
The government of Qatar took strong containment measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with restrictions on daily living such as social distancing and the closing of businesses and schools. While these measures are essential to stop the virus spreading, several voices came to warn of their potential disruptive impact on the agri-food system. Therefore, this paper investigates the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on Qatari consumer awareness, attitudes, and behaviors related to food consumption. The study is based on an online survey in Qatar using a structured questionnaire that was administered in the Arabic language through the Survey Monkey platform from 24 May until 14 June 2020. The results reveal clear changes in the way consumers are eating, shopping, and interacting with food. Indeed, the survey results suggested (i) a shift toward healthier diets; (ii) an increase in the consumption of domestic products due to food safety concerns; (iii) a change in the modality of acquiring food (with a surge in online grocery shopping); (iv) an increase in culinary capabilities; and (v) the absence of panic buying and food stockpiling in Qatar. The results are expected to inform current emergency plans as well as long-term food-related strategies in Qatar. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; food behavior; food consumption; food shopping; food waste; diets; panic buying; Qatar; Gulf Cooperation Council COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; food behavior; food consumption; food shopping; food waste; diets; panic buying; Qatar; Gulf Cooperation Council
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Ben Hassen, Tarek, Hamid El Bilali, and Mohammad S. Allahyari 2020. "Impact of COVID-19 on Food Behavior and Consumption in Qatar" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 6973. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176973

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