Project Update

Food availability, accessibility, and dietary practices during the Coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19): an international online survey.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. To date over four million people have been affected with over two hundred thousand deaths reported. Globally, countries have instituted varying levels of social and physical distancing, isolation, and quarantine protocols – which is limiting face-to-face contact between individuals – as a preventative measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. Governments have responded with nationwide lockdowns restricting the movement of people and goods.

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have disrupted food systems and compromised accessibility and availability of food. The disruption to food systems may adversely affect the health and nutritional status of people across the world through increased food insecurity. To assess the effects of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures on availability and accessibility of food, researchers at ACHORD joined a global team of researchers to conduct an international online survey. Respondents from Canada, France and several African nations are invited to complete an online survey to gain insight into food availability and accessibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey seeks to
1) Identify changes in food availability, accessibility and dietary practises during the COVID-19 outbreak
2) Investigate perceptions of the impact of COVID-19 on food security
3) Understand the coping mechanisms employed to curb hunger during COVID-19.

The University of Alberta Health Research Ethics Board approved the study. Please consider completing the survey; It takes about 7 minutes and can be found at this link or by copying and pasting this URL into your browser: https://forms.gle/r1ufWGe2ZtMLafJ27

For other information about the survey, or to contact the survey team please visit the Food accessibility during COVID-19 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/foodcovid19/