In Cameroon, the agricultural sector represents 22.5% of the GDP and employs more than 61% of the labour force. Despite a higher growth rate of agricultural GDP than the population, the sector faces many challenges relating to production, marketing and macro-level risks. In 2017, PARM RAS identified six major agriculture risks in Cameroon; 1) pest and pest attacks on crops; 2) post-harvest losses; 3) inter-annual crop price volatility; 4) intra-annual crop price volatility, 5) livestock diseases, and 6) lack of access to quality seeds. Political security is also high but a limited concern to the northern zone.
Parm Phases Status
February 2015 - Meeting with the Vice-Minister of Agriculture
A meeting with the Cameroon delegation headed by the Ministre délégué of the Ministry of Agriculture (MINADER) was held at IFAD Headquarters in Rome during the 38th IFAD Governing Council in February 2015, with the objective to present PARM process and its complementarities with an on-going study funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) on agricultural risk management value chains.
March 2015 - Setting-up Mission
The PARM Team organized its first visit (jointly with IFAD) on 15-14 March 2015 to get the official commitment of the Government of Cameroon and to develop a roadmap for integration of ARM into national rural and agricultural strategic development policies, plans and budget.
In addition, meetings with national and international stakeholders laid the foundation for PARM process, including potential synergies to support PARM studies and capacity development activities.
March 2015 - Official Engagement from the Government
The Government of Cameroon formalized its expression of interest in a letter addressed to the President of IFAD in March 2015. Afterward, a CAADP focal point was nominated by the Ministry as a lead representative for PARM process in the country.
November 2015 - Development of Road Map
PARM in collaboration with the CAADP Country Focal Point developed a roadmap for PARM process in Cameroon and was approved by the Minister of Agriculture in November 2015.
February 2016 - Second meeting with the Ministre déléguée of the Ministry of Agriculture
A meeting with the Cameroon delegation headed by the Ministre déléguée of the Ministry of Agriculture (MINADER) was held in IFAD Headquarters in Rome during the 39th IFAD Governing Council in February 2016, to reaffirming the engagement of the Government of Cameroon in the PARM process.
May 2016 - Development of the ToR for Risk Assessment Study (RAS)
The Terms of Reference (TOR) for Risk Assessment Study (RAS) was developed and discussed with NEPAD and the Government of Cameroon. Following the finalization of the ToR, a call for experts and/or service providers was launched to identify consultant/institution to carry out the risk assessment study.
June 2016 - Capacity development Seminar
A First Capacity Development Seminar was held on 15-16 June 2016, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and NEPAD. It aimed at introducing the national stakeholders (officials from government agencies, farmers organizations, and private sector) an introduction to the holistic approach to Agricultural Risk Management, the methodology of PARM to assess risks, and an overview of tools used to manage agricultural risks.
October 2016 - Risk Assessment Study Kick-off
The Institut de Recherches et d’Applications des Méthodes de développement (IRAM) was identified and contracted to undertake the Risk Assessment study in Cameroon in collaboration with local experts.
The study was officially published in April 2017, following official validation from the Government.
December 2016 - Risk Assessment Workshop
A National Stakeholder Workshop was held on 7 December 2016 in Yaoundé. The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the preliminary findings in the draft Risk Assessment Study report and identify the priority risks and potential ARM tools.
September 2017 - Kick-off Feasibility Study
After the finalization of a ToR and a call for experts/services providers, IRAM was contracted for a feasibility study on access to information connected to warehouse systems.
December 2017 - High-level National Stakeholders' Workshop
On the 7th of December, 2017, a stakeholders’ workshop headed by the Ministry of Agriculture (MINADER) with the participation of NEPAD and bilateral partners was held to disseminate the results of the feasibility study on information linked to warehouse systems. The workshop also aimed at strengthening discussions on commitments from the Government and stakeholders in integrating ARM into the country’s policy strategies and investment plans.
June 2018 - Finalization and Publication of Cameroon Final Report
After the long journey of Cameroon into the PARM process, a final country report was compiled for Cameroon on 4th June 2018. The report is an important reference for all the major key steps and related documentation including those on studies, workshops, and briefs.