VEGETABLE PRODUCTION AND THE LIVELIHOOD OF FARMERS IN BAMENDA MUNICIPALITY, CAMEROON
By Godswill Azinwie ASONGWE1*, Bernard P.K. YERIMA1 and Aaron Suh TENING2
Vegetable plays a key role in food security but often cultivated in inappropriate sites. This survey evaluated smallholder vegetable cultivation within the wetlands of Bamenda Municipality. On average, farmers cultivate an area of 150 m2 that yields about 750.000 FCFA ($1500), other inputs inclusive. While there is unsustainable use of pesticides, fertilizers, and sewage sludge, vegetable gardens are still sprouting up in the most unlikely places, which are closed to mechanic workshops and roads densely used by automobiles. With the lack of advice and support from the stakeholders, farmers are obliged to farm in unsafe areas, which are of concern for food security.
Keywords Urban vegetable gardens, livelihoods, food security constraints Download