Participatory approach to identify interventions to improve the health, safety, and work productivity of smallholder women vegetable farmers in the Gambia
NLM Title Abbreviation
Int J Occup Med Environ Health
International journal of occupational medicine and environmental health
DOI of Published Version
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.
Published Article/Book Citation
International journal of occupational medicine and environmental health, 24:1 (2011) pp.36-47. DOI:10.2478/s13382-011-0008-0.