Perceptions on Sack Gardening in Rural Areas: The Case of Vegetable Stakeholders in Koutiala and Bougouni, Mali

Govoeyi, B and Tignégré, J B L S and Badolo, F and Zaato, P A and Sanogo, K and Birhanu, B Z (2022) Perceptions on Sack Gardening in Rural Areas: The Case of Vegetable Stakeholders in Koutiala and Bougouni, Mali. Sustainability (TSI), 14. 01-19. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract: Understanding the perception of sack gardening technology is important in order to better support the adoption of sack gardening in households, given the nutritional role vegetables play. This notwithstanding, research has not yet been carried out to understand the stakeholders’ perception of sack gardening technology in the zones of Bougouni and Koutiala, where sack gardening technology was introduced under the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa-RISING) project. This study assessed the perception of farm households on sack gardening technology and specifically to understand to what extent this innovation responds to household needs. Q-methodology was used to identify rural household’s viewpoints and principal component analysis (PCA) was performed to compare stakeholders’ opinion typologies to discourses retained by Q-method results. Focus group discussions were used to identify the statements used for the q-set in the individual surveys. Our findings showed three factors or discourses which reflected the stakeholders’ viewpoints. A nutritional role, the role of making vegetables available for household consumption and the role of environment protection, specifically soil protection, were indicated in the stakeholders’ opinions. The understanding of the different discourses retained provides insights that can be used to design public and private interventions to support the usage of the technology in households or the adoption of this technology.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : West & Central Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: sack gardening, balanced diet, environment protection, stakeholders’ discourses, Mali
Subjects: Others > Vegetable and Field crops
Others > Rural Development
Others > Mali
Depositing User: Mr Nagaraju T
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2023 06:27
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2023 06:27
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Funders: USAID
Acknowledgement: This research was supported by USAID in Mali, through the Africa-RISING project lead by ICRISAT and WorldVeg. We thank all participants (peasant associations and organizations) that helped in the surveys and particularly technicians that provided guidance in the field. Our appreciation also goes to the NGO AMEDD for their contribution in interviewee mobilization and survey logistics.
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