Fertiliser subsidies can mitigate the effects of climate change on food security and rural women’s welfare in Cameroon

A woman cassava farmer stands on her land in Cameroon holding a tool for clearing the land.

Cameroon is one of the most food-insecure countries and the effects of climate change are aggravating this situation. 90% of food production in Cameroon is carried out by family farmers, with women accounting for 80%. Yet women face enormous inequalities, making them and their production much more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A team of local researchers found that subsidising fertiliser would increase agricultural production and increase household income, particularly for female-headed rural households. Targeting women farmers for greater subsidies (aiming for a 100% fertiliser subsidy, compared to 50% for men) would help address the inequalities they face.

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