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.
Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:
Working Paper 2023-07 (in French) & 2023-11 (in English) | Policy Brief 263 (in French) | Watch a video on these findings from Cameroon | More about the Climate Change in Africa initiative