Aspire Grant Program Awardee

Bomdzele  Eric Junior

Bomdzele Eric Junior

Climate-Smart Agricultural Land-Use in the Cameroon Forests: Evaluation of the Microeconomic effect of land tenure systems.

Cameroon —

Cameroon’s interwoven tropical forest has massive carbon reserves that provide a worldwide carbon reserve for curbing GHG emissions. Agriculture possesses a significant threat to Cameroon’s forest, with considerable deforestation caused by smallholder farmers practicing widespread slash-and-burn tactics. This study seeks to develop a framework and provide empirical evidence on the impact of farm-level investments on CSA practices related to agroforestry, conservation agriculture, and soil and water management efforts on agricultural output and income generation in Cameroon forest regions. The East and South Regions of Cameroon were selected for this study. This research uses primary data and employs the 2-stage sampling technique. In the first stage, identification of the farming households based on the divisions and sub-divisions while in stage two, 400 households are randomly selected. Using well-structured questionnaires, this study collects data on conservation agricultural farm practices, land tenure systems, welfare, and REDD+-related information. Furthermore, we engage STATA 17 for data analysis. We expect to establish secure long-term rights of access to land, particularly in the form of locally recognized use rights, create an incentive for people to make landscape-improving investments.