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Report of a visit to Cameroon, November - December 1995, to complete the first two phases of fieldwork for the project, "Domestic market potential for tree products from farms and rural communities"

Report of a visit to Cameroon, November - December 1995, to complete the first two phases of fieldwork for the project, "Domestic market potential for tree products from farms and rural communities"

Papadopulos, Victoria (1996) Report of a visit to Cameroon, November - December 1995, to complete the first two phases of fieldwork for the project, "Domestic market potential for tree products from farms and rural communities". [Working Paper]

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Abstract

A visit was made to Cameroon by an NRI economist, in November/December 1995, to begin fieldwork for the IFPRI-NRI joint project, "Domestic Market Potential for Tree Products from Farms and Rural Communities", funded by the Overseas Development Administration. The Mount Cameroon area had been selected as the research site on an earlier visit. The project aims to inform tree product or agroforestry interventions by highlighting the constraints to the development of markets. It aims to achieve this through study of nttp marketing in Brazil (where fieldwork is being conducted by IFPRI) and Cameroon (covered by NRI). A three phase approach to fieldwork has been agreed between NRI and IFPRI: complilation of an annotated tree product inventory; rapid collection of data on market systems for 30-40 products, to identify key issues for follow-up through more detailed case studies; and case studies for selected products. Secondary data sources were used to compile an inventory of non timber tree products and with assistance from staff of the Mount Cameroon Project,information on product source and final market destination was added to this. Approximately thirty products were then selected, covering a range of market destinations and sources (forest, cultivated or products which could be either). Data collection on the thirty products involved visits to markets in the Mount Cameroon area to gather information from traders on markets and marketing. This market information was later used to construct annotated marketing chains. The field work indicates three areas where case studies may provide useful insights into the marketing of nttps: identification of issues affecting scope for domestication; factors influencing the extent and location of value added; and the economic importance of a "basket" of several minor products vis a vis specialised high volume trade.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cameroon, market, tree products, farming, rural, livelihood, agroforestry, development, Mount Cameroon, value chains, non-timber forestry products
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 09:53
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11754

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