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Background to study on the effects of malaria on farmer productivity
Background to study on the effects of malaria on farmer productivity

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Published by: Cephas J. B. Samwini on May 15, 2010
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THE IMPACT OF MALARIA ON THE PRODUCTIVITY OF MAIZE FARMERS INTHE EJURA-SEKYEDUMASE DISTRICT1.1 BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Malaria is a very important tropical and subtropical disease. Apart from HIV/AIDS andtuberculosis, malaria is the highest cause of death due to single agent infectious diseases,accounting for 2.2% of such death.Malaria and agriculture are intimately related, this is because agricultural environments providesuitable conditions for breeding of anopheles mosquitoes the female of which is the vector of the
 Plasmodium falciparum
which causes malaria in man.Here in Ghana malaria accounts for about 9% of deaths. According Asenso-Okyere (1994)Malaria contributes 30% of out patients’ visits and 9% of Hospital admissions among others. Thedisease causes pain, fevers loss of productive labour time, and direct cost due to prevention andtreatment.This research is intended to discover what extent malaria affects the productive labour time andconsequent effect on the production and economic power of farmers in the Ejura- Sekyedumasedistrict of the Ashanti region of Ghana.
1.2 PROBLEM STATEMENT.
Does malaria have any effect on maize farmers’ output or not? If it does what is the nature of such effect? In what areas are maize farmers affected by malaria? Is it in the level of  productivity? How much of productivity loss among maize farmers can be attributed to theeffects of malaria?Secondly, who does the work on the farm when the farmer is absent due to malaria? Does he hireadditional labour to carry out the farm operations? If he does how much does it cost him to hireadditional labourers to undertake operations which otherwise would have been done by thefarmer himself?
 
Finally, How much does it cost the farmer in terms of direct cost of treating malaria? and who bears the cost? Is it the farmer directly or the national health insurance?
1.3 MAIN OBJECTIVES
This research seeks to achieve three main objectives which are different but closely related. First,the research wants to discover if there is any correlation between malaria and its effects on thelevel of maize production and the economic base of maize farmers. The second objective is todiscover the extent of that effect if there is any effect at all. Related to this objective this researchseeks t ascertain the direct and indirect costs that the occurrence of malaria has on the farmers.The third is to make information available for further research in the subject area.
1.4 JUSTIFICATION OF THE STUDY
In a country like Ghana where the primary goal is to reach the highest level of productivity in theagricultural sector, it is imperative to study all the factors that may affect the productivity of farmers.Thus this research will be source of information to guide policy makers to make policies that willhelp ease the burden of malaria on farmers.The baseline information from this research will also serve as a guide to other researchers as theysearch for additional information in this field which relatively under-explored.
1.5 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
The main obstacle to the attainment of the objectives of this study will be:
a.
The time available to conduct the research.
b.
Financial constraints involving the printing of questionnaires, cost involved in travellingto the research site and
c.
The third constraint I envisage is with the acquisition of accurate information from thefarmers first concerning their judgement of malaria (mainly for those who do not visit thehospital) and secondly concerning the yield from their farms.

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