Qualitative Accounts of School-Aged Children’s Diets during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural, Central, Kenya


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption to food security in many countries, including Kenya. However, the impact of this on food provision to children at an individual level is unknown. This small study aimed to provide a qualitative snapshot of the diets of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. During completion of 24-h food recalls, with 15 families with children aged 5–8 years, caregivers were asked about changes they had made to foods given to their children due to the pandemic. Food recalls were analysed to assess nutrient intakes. Qualitative comments were thematically analysed. Most of the families reported making some changes to foods they provided to their children due to COVID-19. Reasons for these changes fell into three themes, inability to access foods (both due to formal restriction of movements and fear of leaving the house), poorer availability of foods, and financial constraints (both decreases in income and increases in food prices). The COVID-19 pandemic has affected some foods parents in rural Kenya can provide to their children.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13103543
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Institute of Health & Neurodevelopment (AIHN)
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
Additional Information: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/). Funding: This work was funded by a grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund via the Economic and Social Research Council. Grant number ES/T004959/1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19,Child,Child, Preschool,Diet/methods,Eating,Evaluation Studies as Topic,Female,Food Supply/methods,Humans,Income,Kenya,Male,Pandemics,Rural Population/statistics & numerical data,SARS-CoV-2
Publication ISSN: 2072-6643
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2024 07:13
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2021 09:08
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-10-09
Accepted Date: 2021-10-05
Authors: Jarman, Megan (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4477-9314)
Zeidler, Henriette
Shapiro, Laura (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-3276-457X)
Clarke, Rebecca (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-2969-837X)
Mooya, Haatembo
Simatende, Barnabas
Matthews, Danielle
Koteng, Grace
Wadende, Pamela
Farrow, Claire (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3745-6610)



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