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International Comparisons of Food Consumption Changes and Strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAEA annual meeting track session

In the 2022 AAEA Annual Meeting session “International comparisons of food consumption changes and strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic” authors discuss the COVID-19 pandemic has been a pervasive disruptor of nearly every aspect of life in every corner of the world. Policy responses can be better designed and more effectively targeted if the various impacts of the pandemic can be better documented and understood.

This session is focused on food consumption impacts and comparison of these impacts across differing countries and varying types of consumers. The first presentation examines changes in grocery shopping trips and meal purchases in North America, Europe and Asia. The second presentation reports on household effects of COVID-19-related constraints on food-related behaviors in the meal provisioning chain using samples of consumers in various European countries. The third paper broadens the scope by studying COVID-19 in the context of other hardships faced by households and individuals as they attempt to cope with the ongoing shocks and reverberating impacts of the pandemic.

Presentations in this session:

  • Cross-country comparisons of FAH and FAFH consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Presented by: Lijun Chen
  • The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on food-related behaviors: Evidence from Europe
    Presented by: Klaus G. Grunert
  • Understanding household labor allocation for mitigating impacts of disasters, conflict, and COVID-19 in Sub Saharan Africa
    Presented by: Anna Josephson

This session will take place on August 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pacific in the room Elite 3 at the Marriott Anaheim and virtual.

If you are interested in attending the 2022 AAEA Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, please send a completed complimentary media registration to Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page. All registrants will have full access to all session’s virtual component.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes three journals, the Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (an open access journal), the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit