The objective of this policy brief is to inform Cameroon government the importance of Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) to significantly improving cocoa production by increasing cocoa yield.

IMPACT OF COCOA FARMER FIELD SCHOOLS ON COCOA YIELD EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE OF COCOA FARMERS IN CAMEROON

The objective of this policy brief is to inform Cameroon government the importance of Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) to significantly improving cocoa production by increasing cocoa yield. Results show that participate to FFSs have a positive and significant effect on the cocoa yield. This effect is estimated at about 97 kilograms per hectare. However, this effect is significant only for one method (the kernel matching) but not for the other method (five nearest neighbors matching). This weak significant of FFS impact could lead to the fact that farmers who joined FFS are those who have low capacity in cocoa production compared to those who did not joined FFS. This can also lead to the poor quality of FFSs training. The first recommendation is to promote the FFSs in the area where there is no FFSs by highlighting agricultural extension service. The second recommendation is to improve the quality of training in Farmer Fields Schools in other to increase their impacts on cocoa yield.

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Three strategic priorities

  • Promoting political stability +

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

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