Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.06.001
Title: People, pigs and pollution - Experiences with applying participatory learning and action (PLA) methodology to identify problems of pig-waste management at the village level in Fiji
Authors: Terry, J.P. 
Khatri, K.
Keywords: Community research
Fiji
Participatory learning and action (PLA)
Pig-waste management
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Terry, J.P., Khatri, K. (2009). People, pigs and pollution - Experiences with applying participatory learning and action (PLA) methodology to identify problems of pig-waste management at the village level in Fiji. Journal of Cleaner Production 17 (16) : 1393-1400. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.06.001
Abstract: Participatory learning and action (PLA) methodology was used at the village level in Fiji to identify and understand factors that influence two selected communities in implementing changes to current pig-waste management practices. The focus area was the Coral Coast in the south of Viti Levu island, where international tourism is expanding but stream and coastal waters are under threat of pollution from the largely uncontrolled release of pig waste into the local environment. The investigation found that participatory approaches are effective at the village level if correct tools are used and if the research process adapts to community needs. In particular, PLA methods in the two study villages (Komave and Votua) were able to assist different demographic groups to identify and then prioritise a range of pig-waste problems, including deteriorating water quality, public health and agricultural sustainability. Encouragement by PLA facilitators for communities to take ownership of these problems led eventually to one village installing a new pig-management system. This has become a showcase as a successful local-scale rural development project with long-term benefits for the local environment and the continuing growth of tourism in the area. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Cleaner Production
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/19814
ISSN: 09596526
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.06.001
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