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Community perceptions of human excreta as fertilizer in peri-urban agriculture in Ghana.
Dep. of Geography and Reg. Planning Univ. of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Waste Management & Research, ISSN 0734-242X, E-ISSN 1096-3669, Vol. 29, no 2, 815-822 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although human excreta contain the necessary nutrients for plant growth, local authorities in Ghana spend huge sums of money to dispose them as waste. Reusing excreta for agricultural purposes saves expenditure for chemical fertilizers, improves soil fertility, reduces poverty and ensures food security. People’s attitudes and perceptions about excreta vary between cultures and even within specific cultures. This study aimed to explore attitudes and perceptions among a peri-urban agricultural community towards sanitized human excreta and its use. The study adopted an exploratory design and collected data from 154 randomly selected households using questionnaires and focus group discussions. It was found that there is a general negative attitude to fresh excreta and the handling of it. However, the residents accept that excreta can be used as fertilizer, but they are not willing to use it on their own crops or consume crops fertilized with excreta. The study recommends open discussions in the community for a successful implementation of ecological sanitation.

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Sage , 2011. Vol. 29, no 2, 815-822 p.
Keyword [en]
Sanitized excreta, perceptions, ecological sanitation
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65806DOI: 10.1177/0734242X10390073ISI: 000294436500006OAI: diva2:399110
Available from: 2011-02-24 Created: 2011-02-21 Last updated: 2011-09-16Bibliographically approved

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