Smallholder Oil Palm Value Chain in Cameroon: A Case Study from the Department of Sanaga-Maritime
Iyabano Aboubakar Hayatou1,3, Feintrenie Laurène1, Miaro III Ludovic2, Abdelhakim Tahani3
1CIRAD - Central African Regional Office, Cameroon
Cameroon has been producing palm oil for centuries but industrial scale production started around 1907 under the German colonisation with the development of estates and mills around the Littoral region (Sanaga-Maritime). The country's production of palm oil can be grouped into traditional (artisanal) and industrial milling. The production is stratified in three groups: an agro-industrial sector, smallholders in contract with agro-industries and traditional independent smallholders also called artisanal sector. Smallholders with less than 5 ha of oil palm represent more than 75% of oil palm growers but provide only half of the production due to very low yields. Despite the presence of these three groups, the national production is not sufficient to cover the domestic consumption. The government considers the oil palm sector (both artisanal and industrial) as an important tool to alleviate poverty and to generate national revenues.
Keywords: Artisanal millers, Cameroon, oil palm, olympe, value chain
Contact Address: Iyabano Aboubakar Hayatou, CIRAD - Central African Regional Office, s/c Laurène Feitrenie CIRAD - Forest Ecosystems Goods and Services Direction Régionale D'afrique Centrale, 2572 Yaoundé, Cameroon, e-mail: iyabano1aboubakaryahoo.fr