Participatory Research, Market Access & Small-scale Commercial Aquaculture in Central Cameroon

Cameroon has a good climate and adequate water, land and fish biodiversity to support aquaculture development. However, lack of market access, e.g. poor roads and high vehicle operation costs, seriously constrains purchase of inputs and sale of outputs, rendering many fish farms unprofitable. A Department for International Development (DFID; UK)-funded participatory action research project, implemented by WorldFish Center and partners, undertook to understand market constraints among small-scale commercial fish farmers in central Cameroon. Differences in the number of buyers, transaction size, market liquidity and size, livestock integration, stocking density, use of purchased feeds, and the number and mix of species cultured were compared among villages with good or poor market access. A multivariate regression model of yield compared productivity factors, yield and differences between rural and periurban sites. Villages with good market access produced significantly more fish and sold them at significantly higher prices, and with higher overall profit margins, than farms with poor market access.


Brummett, R.E. WorldFish Center (2005)
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