FEASIBILITY OF FARMER-MANAGED VEGETATIVE PROPAGATION NURSERIES IN CAMEROON uri icon

abstract

  • ICRAF and partners in West and Central Africa have been implementing a participatory tree domestication project since 1998. The project aims to diversify smallholder farming systems through the cultivation of indigenous trees to increase income and reduce slash-and-burn practices. Participatory evaluation of vegetative propagation techniques with farmers in pilot sites of the humid tropics of Cameroon indicates that with training and technical backstopping, farmers are able to propagate trees of their choice using rooting of cuttings and marcotts. This paper analyses the costs of plant production and highlights why many nurseries are running well below their potential. The authors recommend further efforts to simplify the methods, extend the training of nursery staff and promote marketing and market research

publication date

  • 2006
  • 2006