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Participatory approach to identify interventions to improve the health, safety, and work productivity of smallholder women vegetable farmers in The Gambia.
Vanderwal L; Rautiainen R; Ramirez M; Kuye R; Peek-Asa C; Cook T; Culp K; Donham K
Int J Occup Environ Health 2011 Mar; 24(1):36-47
OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the qualitative, community-based participatory approach used to identify culturally-acceptable and sustainable interventions to improve the occupational health, safety, and productivity of smallholder women vegetable farmers in The Gambia (West Africa). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This approach was used to conduct: 1) analysis of the tasks and methods traditionally used in vegetable production, and 2) selection of interventions. RESULTS: The most arduous garden tasks that were amenable to interventions were identified, and the interventions were selected through a participatory process for further evaluation. CONCLUSIONS: Factors contributing to the successful implementation of the participatory approach used in this study included the following: 1) ensuring that cultural norms were respected and observed; 2) working closely with the existing garden leadership structure; and 3) research team members working with the subjects for an extended period of time to gain first-hand understanding of the selected tasks and to build credibility with the subjects.
Age groups; Agricultural workers; Agricultural industry; Agriculture; Humans; Women; Farmers; Gardeners; Author Keywords: Vegetable production; Community-based participatory research; Occupational health and safety; Worker productivity; West Africa
Risto Rautiainen, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Swanson Hall 3058, Omaha, NE 68198-5110
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008491; Grant-Number-K01-OH-008300; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-009001
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
University of Iowa
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