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Introduction

The goal of this project was to provide evidence-based support for public health policy development that mitigates the health risks of urban waste water irrigation without compromising the livelihoods of farmers and traders in the Volta. The specific objectives of the project were to:

  1. Assess perceptions of environmental risks and risk avoidance among communities involved in waste water irrigation in selected urban and peri-urban areas of the Volta Basin;
  2. Estimate the relative contribution of waste water irrigation agriculture to the nutritional status and livelihoods of urban and peri-urban farming communities;
  3. Assess post-harvest risk factors for fecal contamination of foods at the market place and evaluation appropriate interventions to protect the consumers;
  4. Enhance capacities to undertake research in epidemiology, medical anthropology and specific microbiological techniques; and
  5. Formulate health risk reduction strategies for policy development in waste water irrigation

Research Highlights

Research Highlights

Through field activities and institutional analyses carried out in connection with PN38, the project proposed risk reduction strategies to protect consumers of waste water-based produce and to a lesser extent the communities living around waste water agricultural sites. The proposed interventions relate to changes in application of irrigation water, handling of the produce at markets, as well as the hygiene practices of street food vendors. Combining qualitative public health research with the agricultural and microbiological disciplines was a clear advantage in developing appropriate interventions.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

To view all outputs from project PN51 visit our document repository.

Final project report (technical)

Project Partners

Project Partners

IRRI, CIAT, WorldFish, IWMI, IFPRI

Project Lead

Project Lead

IWMI

For more information on Phase 1 outputs please contact Udana Ariyawansa.

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