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, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 644–657 | Cite as

Health and Environmental Implications of Rural Female Entrepreneurship Practices in Osun State Nigeria

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Abstract

In rural Nigeria, food processing is mostly engaged in by women and children. Most of these processes are done using outdated technologies that make use of traditional woodstoves. This article presents the health and environmental implications of the rural female entrepreneurs involved in food processing and proffer means of bettering the lot of these women to handle these hazards. A partially structured questionnaire and focus group discussion was used to capture data from respondents. The study revealed that about 73 % of women involved in direct production of garri and palm oil processing could be at risk of early death or disability-adjusted life years from the mentioned diseases. The article concludes that the rural female entrepreneur needs to be better positioned to handle these hazards, for her health, that of her children, as well as for the environment.

Keywords

Health Environment Rural Female entrepreneurship Food processing Disability-adjusted life years 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine A. O. Akinbami
    • 1
  • Abiodun S. Momodu
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Social Science Building, Centre for Industrial Research and DevelopmentObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria
  2. 2.Centre for Energy Research and DevelopmentObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria

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