Fieldwork in Ghana

Fieldwork in Ghana was carried out from the 20th of June till the 7th of September 2010 by postdoc researcher Tinde van Andel, Dutch MSc Students Sabine van Onselen en Britt Myren (Anthropology, Leiden University), and Ghanaian MSc student Michael Kermah (Organic Agriculture, Wageningen University).
Semi-structured interviews about magic plant use were carried out among 25 traditional healers, shrine keepers and/or magic plant vendors. Additionally, in-depth interviews were held among 14 (grand-) mothers about plants for women's health and child care. All interviews were combined with plant collection, bush walks and/or a visit to the shrine or sacred forest. Quantitative market surveys were carried out in Accra (Nima, Timber, Art Center and Kaneshie market), Cape Coast (central market), Kumasi (Kejetia market) and Tamale (central market). Fieldsite locations included: Accra, Bortianor (Greater Accra region), Cape Coast, Babianeha, Wassa Domama, Efutu and Kakum National Park (Central Region), Ala Bokazo, Old Ankasa and Kamgbuli (Western region), Klefe, Adomi and Xevi (Volta region), Mole, Mognori and Tamale (Northern region) and Akuase (Eastern region).

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Fieldwork in Alabokazo, Western Region, Ghana