Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Lemons, Laura L.

Committee Member

Seal, Susan D.

Committee Member

Hock, Gaea A.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Rural farmers in developing countries lack knowledge, access to educational resources, and capacity to stay informed of and implement current farming and health practices. The purpose of this research was to determine the effect of an educational program on the utilization of native plants in farming and health practices among rural farmers in Ghana. The research objectives were to describe the population, assess farmers’ knowledge of farming and health practices, describe participants’ current and planned behavior, and observe the implementation of the practices taught. Results indicated participants’ knowledge of farming and health practices increased after the workshops. Results also indicated participants of both workshops intended to use all of the practices more often in their farming practices. Future research should include focus group interviews with farmers to gain a deeper understanding of the issues farmers are facing. Future trainings should incorporate experiential learning opportunities for farmers.