Improving Agricultural Productivity and Energy Sufficiency on Marginal Lands: The Agricultural Waste Recycling Approach in the Ndop Ecofarm, North West Region, Cameroon

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Jicenta N. Foncha
Godswill Azinwie Asongwe

Abstract

The Green Revolution, which promotes the extensive use of chemicals for improved productivity has witnessed enormous setbacks. Numerous small poorly equipped and very low-income farmers are unable to gain access to the new production means. As their income opportunities shrink, farmers are left with no options but to tend towards unsustainable activities that depletes the environment more; consequently precipitating the vicious cycle of poverty and environmental degradation characterized by, rising food prices, food security and energy crises. This study used the modified institutional analysis and development framework on the waste recycling approach to review the model for achieving agricultural productivity and energy sufficiency on marginal lands in the Ndop plain North West Region of Cameroon. It specifically analyzed the food and energy benefits alongside potential uptake by small-scale farmers. The results indicated that agricultural waste recycling provided improved market access; generate employment; increase income – increase purchasing power; improve household nutritional security and close the poverty gap (inequalities) amongst the rural poor in the community. Student t-test revealed a significant difference (t=-3.08, P=0.006) of farmers’ livelihood before and after commencing agricultural recycling. Engaging in agricultural waste has enabled 8.5% of farmers to improve their livelihood and enhanced energy efficiency.

Keywords:
Waste recycling, agricultural productivity, livelihood diversification, poverty alleviation, increased income, improved diet, organic agriculture, marginal lands, clean energy, biogas

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Foncha, J., & Asongwe, G. (2019). Improving Agricultural Productivity and Energy Sufficiency on Marginal Lands: The Agricultural Waste Recycling Approach in the Ndop Ecofarm, North West Region, Cameroon. Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology, 20(2), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.9734/jabb/2018/v20i230074
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