Food Science & Nutrition Research

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Consumer Perceptions of Street-Vended Local Foods in Urban Ghana

Authors: Haleegoah Joyce, Akuoko Kofi Osei, Dwumah Peter, Marfo Kofi Amoako, Forkuor John Boulard, Nsiah Frimpong Benedicta, Asante Bright Owusu and Brobbey Lydia.

This paper examines consumers’ perceptions of the characteristics of three specific local dishes (Hausa koko, Waakye and Ga kenkey) sold in the streets and referred to as street vended local foods (SVLFs). Using data obtained from 631 randomly selected consumers of these three foods, perceptions statements were rated using a five-point Likert scale. A multi-dimensional theory of food quality was adopted and six scopes to food quality assessed; social, symbolic, humanistic, functional, hygienic and nutritional. Results showed that Hausa koko was perceived to be affordable, nutritious, convenient, within proximity and safe with mean scores of 4.05, 3.80, 3.59, 3.52 and 3.51 respectively. Waakye was perceived to be nutritious, safe, affordable and convenient with mean scores of 3.82, 3.56, 3.56 and 3.50 respectively. Ga kenkey was perceived to be also affordable, nutritious, convenient, safe and within proximity with mean scores of 3.81, 3.77, 3.55, 3.48 and 3.08 respectively. The results further show that the most affordable street vended local dish in Ghana is Hausa koko, followed by Ga kenkey and Waakye respectively. To enhance further patronage and consumption of these SVLFs in Ghana for enhanced incomes and livelihoods of the entire food values chain, there is the need to promote the availability of raw materials for the preparation of these foods to ensure its affordability. Such efforts could further be supported with training of local street food operators on critical areas of street-vending to enhance the nutrition, convenience and safety of SVLFs in most urban communities.

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