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Small-scale versus large-scale cocoa farming in Cameroon. Which farm type is more ready for the future?, Fule, Chi Bemieh , Department of Economics, 06/2013, Volume European Erasmus Mundus Master Program: Agricultural Food and Environmental, Uppsala, p.54, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
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Small-scale versus large-scale cocoa farming in Cameroon. Which farm type is more ready for the future?

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TitleSmall-scale versus large-scale cocoa farming in Cameroon. Which farm type is more ready for the future?
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFule, Chi Bemieh
Academic DepartmentDepartment of Economics
DegreeEuropean Erasmus Mundus Master Program: Agricultural Food and Environmental
Number of Pages54
Date Published06/2013
University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
CityUppsala
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywords''Cameroon'', ''cocoa'', ''large-scale farming'', ''small-scale farming''
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Smallholding in the cocoa sector has been seen as a hindrance to production and productivity growth due to the ageing of the cocoa farmers limited access to credit, low levels of education and low adoptability of innovations. In order to curb this, policy makers have resorted to implementing policy instruments that encourage the extension of small rural farms into larger farms, thereby undermining the challenges that large-scale farmers might have to deal with.

This study was aimed at measuring the relative economic performances of small-scale and large-scale cocoa farmers. Constrained by the on-going policy debates and the nature of the data, the criteria used for comparison were land productivity, cost of production, marketing strategies and profitability; as well as the factors affecting them. The analysis was based on primary cross-sectional data obtained from cocoa farmers in the Nyong and Mfoumou division of the centre region of Cameroon.

Results reveal that smallholders havbe higher yield and higher profit margins than large-holders, but that they are less efficient in marketing their product, and that they incur equal costs on average. Smallholders and large-scale farmers were also observed to have similar socio-economic characteristics except for their household sizrs; that is, smallholders have small families of 5 persons as opposed to 11 persons for large scale farms. The most prominent socio-economic factors determining farmer's economic performance include household size and experience in cocoa farming. The most common marketing strategy adopted predominantly by large scale farmers was group selling, hence no statistical difference between their selling prices.

Therefore operating large cocoa farms is neither an efficient nor a sustainable method of raising cocoa production and family income. However the co-existence of both farmer categories is encouraged. Thus the study proposes hat policy debates should address issues like the optimal size of a cocoa farm in Cameroon and the effective farming system required to achieve higher efficiency and sustainability of Cocoa farms.

URLhttp://stud.epsilon.slu.se/6438/1/Fule_CB_140218.pdf
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