Located in Central Africa, Cameroon is home to 23 million people. Due to its climat­ic, cultural and biological diversity, Cameroon is often described as ‘Africa in miniature’. The agricultural sector contributes 44% to GDP and employs 70% of the workforce. A significant increase in the domestic demand for chicken is expected and the sec­tor enjoys high import protection. In contrast to other export products, cacao is only culti­vated by small farmers and is used primarily as a source of income for populations living in forested areas. Other major supply chains are cassava, plantains, vegetables, maize, rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes. These products serve as food crops while bananas, cotton, coffee, rubber, oil palms and pineapples are produced mainly for export. Most of the meat demand is met by cattle and chicken. The national diet is balanced in terms of macronutrients, with consumption of fruits and vegetables exceeding the recommended intake by 200g per day. Nonetheless, micronutrients deficiencies remain, with one third of children’s diet lacking in dietary diversity and two fifths of women of reproductive age suffering from anemia.

Read the full PARI country dossier here, see the Cameroon farmer innovation contest page here, and read the country innovation study on the status of agricultural innovations, innovation platforms and innovation investments in Cameroon here.

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