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Assessing the factors which influence safer irrigation practices for urban vegetable production in Ghana

 

Research Institutions:

Deparment of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Extension, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, GHANA, Department of Food Economics and Consumption Studies at the University of Kiel,


Summary:

Promoting safer vegetable production in urban areas of Africa where untreated wastewater is used for irrigation has been receiving increasing importance in the economics literature. Understanding farmers's strategies in using wastewater for income generation is critical for improving current irrigation practices especially in the framework of WHO guidelines and also for reducing urban poverty.

The Goals of Project: To identify the various irrigation systems and practices for safer vegatable production in the urban and peri-urban Kumasi of Ghana. To assess the perceptions of farmers on the current irrigation system and practices

Relevance of Project: The long term viability of urban agriculture as a means of urban poverty reduction depends on how successful health and environmental risks could be minimized in the context of increasing use of untreated waste or polluted water for vegetable production. Although some studies have been undertaken on health and environmental risks associated with irrigated vegetable farming , theoretical and empirical analyses on the adoption and perceptions on appropriate irrigation systems and practices for safer vegetable production have been scanty. This research project intends to contribute to the ungoing debate and also bridge that gap.


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