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Table 1 Sampling and informant typology (older than 10 years old), according to number of participating individuals and households

From: Foodways in transition: food plants, diet and local perceptions of change in a Costa Rican Ngäbe community

  Individuals Households Techniques used
(% of total) (% of total) (topics covered)
Key informants 15 13 Extensive freelists
(included within primary informants) (7 %) (15 %) (food plants)
Focused interviews
(qualitative perceived changes in local production of key food plants)
Primary informants 38 13 Structured interviews
(incl. key informants) (15.2 %) (15 %) (quantitative perceived changes in local production of key food plants)
Secondary informants 34 22 Group interviews
(13.6 %) (26.5 %) Unstructured interviews
(key food plants & qualitative perceived changes for both techniques)
Current sample 72 35  
(28.8 %) (41.5 %)
Total population in the study area 250 85  
(100 %) (100 %)