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Table 2 Socioeconomic characteristics of the interviewed households (HH) in the five villages of the Mahafaly region in SW-Madagascar

From: Effects of socio-economic household characteristics on traditional knowledge and usage of wild yams and medicinal plants in the Mahafaly region of south-western Madagascar

Characteristics Ampotaka (n = 55) Andremba (n = 50) Itomboina (n = 50) Miarintsoa (n = 50) Efoetse (n = 50) Total
Age of the respondents 41.7±17.3 44.2±15.5 46.7±18.3 40.4±17.6 42.6±19.9 43.1±17.8
Family size 6.8±3.9 6.4±3 6.3±3.3 7.2±3.7 6.7±2.3 6.7±3.3
TLU 1.6±3.1 5.1±9.2 4.8±7.5 6.9±10.9 9.2±12.8 5.5±9.5
Land owned (ha) 1.6±1.4 1.7±1.1 2.3±2.1 2.7±2.1 2.7±2.1 2.2±1.8
Agricultural harvest (%) Low 44 36 62 32 14 38.0
Medium 50 42 36 52 66 49.2
High 6 20 2 16 20 12.8
HH activities (%) Low 42 38 38 24 46 37.6
Medium 36 46 44 46 40 42.4
High 22 16 18 30 14 20.0
Education level Low 52 22 32 16 24 29.2
Visit primary school 34 56 50 54 54 49.6
Finish primary school 14 22 18 30 22 21.2
Origin of the head of the HH (%) Born in the village 28 10 40 38 18 26.8
Not born in the village 72 90 60 62 82 73.2
Gender of the respondent (%) Male 60 70 64 74 84 70.4
Female 40 30 36 26 16 29.6
Religion (%) No religion 14 8 4 6 17 9.7
Traditional 60 62 64 58 55.3 59.9
Christian 26 30 32 36 27.7 30.4