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A Study of Child-Headed Households on Commercial Farms in Zimbabwe

5. Details of the interviewees
The survey took place with seventeen families from sixteen farms. Sixteen of these families were child headed in the strict definition of the term "child" 2, the other was headed by a young person aged 20years. A total of 46 children and the one young person were interviewed, comprising 17 girls and 30 boys. The average age of the children surveyed was 12.9 years (with a range from 20 years to 18 months). Six of the households in the survey are headed by a girl child and 11 by a boy child. The youngest head of household interviewed was a 12-year-old boy.

Twenty-seven members of the farm communities in which these families live were also interviewed, ten of who are Farm Health Workers (FHWs), eleven are general members of the community 3 and four are teachers. In addition two farmers were interviewed. 4

  1. A Child is defined as being under the age of 18 years.
  2. Neighbours and friends
  3. FOST had intended to interview more farmers but prevailing circumstances at the time of the study made this difficult.
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