The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of Farmer Field School (FFS) on cocoa production in the Centre and South-west regions in Cameroon. This evaluation is done by running the “Propensity Score Matching” technique.

AGRICULTURE WATER QUALITY

The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of Farmer Field School (FFS) on cocoa production in the Centre and South-west regions in Cameroon. This evaluation is done by running the “Propensity Score Matching” technique. The data come from IITA surveys conducted in 2009 and concerned 201 cocoa farmers in the Centre and South-West Regions in Cameroon for the 2008/2009 cocoa season. Results show that the participation in FFSs has a positive and significant effect on the cocoa yield per hectare. This effect is estimated at 17% using five nearest neighbour matching (FNNM) and 29% increase on cocoa yield using Kernel based matching (KBM). Given this results, itt is recommended to improve the quality of training in Farmer Fields Schools in order to increase their impact on cocoa yield. It is also recommended to promote the FFSs in the villages where there is no FFS to substantially increase the national cocoa level which is one of the main objectives of Cameroon agricultural policy. The scaling up of FFSs policy needs to be done by considering farmers’ organizations, extension specialists and experimented farmers as main potential channels of FFSs adoption.

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Three strategic priorities

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    Promoting political stability Strengthening essential capacities to promote political and social stability for transformational change.
  • Regulate the productive sector +

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