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Good health and a safe work environment – a requirement for sustainable livelihood and food security among Ugandan farmers

Lunner Kolstrup, Christina


A pilot study was conducted among Ugandan farmers in May 2014. Six male and female farmers were interviewed about their experiences and attitudes towards health, safety and risk factors in agriculture, and how these affected their livelihood. In general, the level of knowledge and awareness of agricultural health and safety risks as well as disease and injury prevention was low. The farmers found milking, spraying of animals and plantation work demanding work tasks. The main findings concerned the farmers reporting symptoms of poisoning when they sprayed the animals with insecticide and lack of safety information. The farmers expressed the need for information and practical training in agricultural health and safety, and disease and injury prevention


Health, Safety, Working conditions, farmers, livestock, Uganda

Published in

SLU-Global Report
2014, number: 2014:6, pages: 98-101 Title: The SLU Global Food Security Research and Capacity development Programme 2012-2014 – A Swedish Government Initiative
ISBN: 978-91-576-9256-6
Publisher: SLU Global, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences