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Title:Some social and economic indicators of peasant agriculture in the western province of Cameroon
Author:Nji, Ajaga
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:agricultural production
small farms
Abstract:In Cameroon the agricultural sector is the main source of raw materials, food, fibre, income and employment opportunities. Unfortunately, the low level of technological development, the limitations of size of farms and the characteristically low returns to agricultural investments conspire to make the development of peasant agriculture both unattractive and uncompetitive with the other sectors of the economy. In the Western Province of Cameroon, the most active and productive reserve of food production in the country, problems of peasant agriculture are compounded by scarcity of agricultural lands which is the effect of high population density. Population pressure then leads to land scarcity which in turn is reflected in small farm holdings. The data for this paper were collected during the 1981/82 academic year among 80 peasants in order to determine economic factors related to peasant agricultural production in the He stern Province. The data reveal some of the basic characteristics of peasant agriculture which negatively affect rapid agricultural advancement in developing countries. Note, ref., tab.