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Data supporting 'The value of donkeys to livelihood provision in northern Ghana'

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The research was undertaken to investigate the value of donkeys to various stakeholders in northern Ghana.

This dataset consists of four parts. The first part, a folder entitled '' contains eight separate zipped datafiles. These comprise the original, anonymised research data collected with both donkey and non-donkey owners in northern Ghana on their perceptions of the value of their donkeys to their livelihood provision. Relevant data underpinning seven specific charts and tables in the paper currently under review include why people keep donkeys and barriers to owning them; the frequencies of certain activities undertaken with donkeys across the year; the reasons why non-donkey owners would like to own donkeys; temporal and contemporary costs of purchase of donkeys and, in three different scenarios, which animal would participants sell first to meet unexpected costs of living.

The second part, a folder entitled '' contains one file of the temporal and current numbers of live asses in Ghana and Burkina Faso recorded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and downloaded from their website ( and

The third part, a folder entitled '' provides the documentation that enabled the research study to take place in two further zipped files: Methodology and Research Instruments.

The fourth part, a restricted folder entitled '4_Consent' provides nine consent forms for the research instruments held with various participants in the study.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Maggs, Heather ORCID logoORCID:
Contributors: Bennett, Richard, Ainslie, Andrew ORCID logoORCID:, Nkegbe, Paul ORCID logoORCID:, Ustarz, Yazidu ORCID logoORCID:, Abu, Benjamin Musah ORCID logoORCID:, N-yelkabong, Anthony ORCID logoORCID:, Bukari Mumuni, Wepiah, Latuo, Edna, Bienibour, Edwin, Kangminye, Eunice, Chiravira, Pamela and Burden, Faith ORCID logoORCID:
Rights-holders: University of Reading
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2022
Data last accessed: 1 March 2024
Metadata Record URL:
Organisational units: Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Participating Organisations: University of Reading, University for Development Studies, Ghana
Keywords: donkeys, donkey owners, non-donkey owners, donkey butchers, rural livelihoods, donkey hides, donkey meat, ejiao, Ghana, donkey welfare, human-animal interaction, anthrozoology, donkey meat markets, e'jiao
Data Availability: OPEN


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