Consumer Attitudes towards Vegetable Attributes: Potential Buyers of Pesticide-Free Vegetables in Accra and Kumasi, Ghana

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Abstract:

Considering the inappropriate use of synthetic pesticides on vegetables in West Africa, the rationale behind this research was to assess the extent to which consumers can function as demanders of risk reduced vegetables and hence act as innovators towards vegetable safety. Using the cases of Kumasi and Accra in Ghana, the study examined possible consumer responses to product certification that communicates freedom from pesticides (e.g., organic certification). Generally, search attributes such as the fresh and healthy appearance of a vegetable were found to be central to consumer choice. While consumers stress the importance of health value, they are mostly unaware of agro-chemical risks related to vegetable consumption.

Keywords: Ghana; consumer awareness; pesticides; vegetable safety

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03670241003766055

Affiliations: 1: CDR - Centre for Development Research, BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria 2: Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems, BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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