Low-cost options for reducing consumer health risks from farm to fork where crops are irrigated with polluted water in West Africa

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Philip Amoah, Bernard Keraita, Maxwell Akple, Pay Drechsel, Robert Abaidoo, Flemming Konradsen

To identify interventions which reduce health risks of consumers where highly polluted irrigation water is used to irrigate vegetables in West Africa, scientists worked over 5 years with farmers, market traders and street food vendors in Ghana. The most promising low-cost interventions with high adoption potential were analyzed for their ability to reduce common levels of pathogens (counts of fecal coliforms and helminth eggs). The analysis showed the combination potential of various interventions, especially on-farm and during vegetable washing in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The tested market-based interventions were important to prevent new or additional contamination
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationColombo Sri Lanka
PublisherInternational Water Management Institute
Edition1
Number of pages45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
SeriesIWMI Research Report
Volume141

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