Determinants of fast-food consumption in Kampala, Uganda

Consumption of fast-foods in Uganda is becoming an increasingly important component of the food market as high income and busier consumers choose to dine out rather than prepare meals at home. Despite the importance of the fastfoods sector in providing market for various agricultural products, particularly Solanum potatoes, poultry products and beef, limited attempts have been made to study the consumption and expenditure behaviour of consumers of fast-foods. The main objective of this study was to identify factors influencing the consumption of fast-foods in Kampala, Uganda. Descriptive statistics showed that chips, chicken, sausages, meat and chaps were the most commonly consumed fast-foods. Poor nutritional value and high prices were the major reasons for nonconsumption of fast-foods. Results from both the Probit and OLS models showed that most of the variables hypothesized significantly influenced the probability and level of fast-food consumption.
La consommation de « fast-foods » en Ouganda est devenue une composante de plus en plus importante du marché alimentaire comme un revenu élevé. Les consommateurs les plus occupés ont choisi de dîner en ville plutôt que de préparer des repas à la maison. Malgré l’importance du secteur des « fast-foods » dans la fourniture de marché pour divers produits agricoles, en particulier les pommes de terre Solanum, produits de volaille et de bœuf. Des tentatives limitées ont été faites pour étudier les comportements de consommation et les dépenses des consommateurs de « fast-foods ». L’objectif principal de cette étude était d’identifier les facteurs qui influent la consommation de fast-foods à Kampala, en Ouganda. Des statistiques descriptives ont montré que les frites, le poulet, les saucisses, la viande et le « chaps » sont les plus couramment consommés comme « fast-foods ». La faible valeur nutritive et les prix élevés ont été les principales raisons de nonconsommation de f « fast-foods ». Les résultats à partir de deux modèles, Probit et OLS, ont montré que la plupart des hypothèses variables ont influencé de façon significative la probabilité et le niveau de consommation de «fast-food ».
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