Participatory approach to identify interventions to improve the health, safety, and work productivity of smallholder women vegetable farmers in the Gambia

Londa Vanderwal, Risto Rautiainen, Marizen Ramirez, Rex Kuye, Corinne Peek-Asa, Thomas Cook, Kennith Culp, Kelley Donham

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-47
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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Keywords

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Vegetable production
  • West Africa
  • Worker productivity

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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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, Londa; Rautiainen, Risto; Ramirez, Marizen; Kuye, Rex; Peek-Asa, Corinne; Cook, Thomas; Culp, Kennith; Donham, Kelley.

In: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, Vol. 24, No. 1, 03.2011, p. 36-47.

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