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Examining trends in the cultivation of some selected crops in rural areas of Momo Division, North West Cameroon

Author Affiliations

  • 1National Centre for Education, Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Yaoundé-Cameroon
  • 2Department of Geography, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon
  • 3Department of Geography, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 10, Issue (3), Pages 1-8, July,8 (2022)


Agriculture accounts for a relatively large share of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of most sub-Sahara African countries. The sector is basically in the hands of rural masses, particularly the women who sometimes have to grapple with climatic stressors and a broken public agricultural extension service with productivity lagging behind in comparative terms. It is in this context that this paper sets out to assess trends in the cultivation of some selected crops by rural farmers drawing specific insights from Momo Division in the North West Region of Cameroon. The descriptive and analytical methods of investigation for secondary and primary data collection were adopted. Secondary data were sourced through a review of online materials, journal articles and books. Primary data were generated using questionnaire, interviews and focus group discussion guides and on-farm participant observations. The questionnaire was administered to rural farmers in the study area and the responses were input in excel spread sheet for processing. The findings indicate that oil palms (90.54%); cassava (90.54%); beans (63.23%); maize (60.86%); and sweet potatoes (57.63%); had an increasing trend of cultivation, while crops such as cocoyam (60.43%) and yams (61.29%) were experiencing a decreasing planting trend. The ease for post-harvest preservation, transforming and income generating potentials and suitability for local consumption explained choice of crops cultivated. Though much of the produce is commercialized, poor transport and transportation networks limited the market chains and returns from farm produce in the study area. In response to farmers’ challenges, public efforts have to step-up activities of extension workers; improve on market chains and transportation.


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