Estimates suggest that the agricultural sector output of Cameroon increased by 160% between 1990 and 2013, with an annual rate of increase of over 4%. The increased production in crop yield was twice as fast as livestock, but it is not without compounding risks.
This methodological brief relies on the national averages to provide a high-level quantitative analysis of selected risks that affect Cameroon’s agricultural sector. Specifically, it presents how the sector has grown between 1990 and 2013 and the level of vulnerability. It also provides background information on the various forms of risks including production, market, and macro level risks. The analysis suggests that the climate is getting warmer and wetter in Cameroon leading to higher production-related risks for the agricultural sector than the output price risks. Crops such as banana, tomatoes, and cassava are most affected by yield losses as estimated by the impact from production risks. Many livestock diseases are also endemic.
PARM (2016). Cameroon Agricultural Risk Profile (by D. Jones). PARM Country Risk Profile #2. Rome: PARM/IFAD. Available at: http://p4arm.org/document/uploads-cameroon_agricultural_risk-profile/