EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF AGRICULTURAL PROJECT ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT: THE CASE OF NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR ROOTS AND TUBERS DEVELOPMENT – MINKOA, LOBO BASIN, YAOUNDE
By DEFO MELA MICHELE | Department of Development Studies | Regional Planning and Project Management
This study sought to examine the impact of agricultural project on rural development: the case of National Programme for Roots and Tubers Development (NPRTD) – Minkoa, Lobo basin. To achieve this, the study determined the impact of NPRTD Project management on production and income of concerned groups, assessed the strategies used by NPRTD Project and its impact on the communities and finally suggested measures to improve on the effectiveness of NPRTD Project so as to enhance rural development in Lobo division. 106 farmers benefitting from the NPRTD were sampled and the primary sources of data were obtained from the questionnaires. This was also complemented by secondary sources of data obtained from libraries, text books, journals, articles and reports. Descriptive statistics techniques were employed to analyze the information collected through questionnaires. The results showed that NPRTD support has led to an increase in rural farmer’s project activities by at least 50 percent. Furthermore, a positive impact of NPRTD was observed on farmers in the light of increases in production, income, family investments and savings. Although the scheme has registered success in reducing poverty through an increase in project activities and incomes realized, the scheme is marred by challenges such as the absence of farm-to-market roads, high cost of transport for foods, and limited funds. Recommendations were proposed to NPRTD, the farmers and the ministries involved so as to enhance their contributions towards poverty alleviation for the rural development in Lobo Division.
Keywords: rural development, impact, agricultural development, project and roots and tubers. Download