Contribution of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) to Socioeconomic Wellbeing in Rural Cameroon

Mbu Daniel TAMBI, Ndifon Dimanche KENGAH

Abstract


The study aims to investigate the contribution of non-timber forest products to socioeconomic wellbeing in rural Cameroon. Data was collected mainly from households through the use of semi-structured questionnaires. Purposive sampling was used to select 178 households through random sampling. The results of the study show that the main NTFPs exploited are fruits, bush meat, honey and some of its products, fuel wood, Prunus africana and alpine bamboo. A majority of households identified exploit fuel wood, honey and bush meat. The NTFPs collected by the households are mainly used for cultural purposes, food, medicine, construction, and tools. Most NTFPs collected are used as tools and both food and medicine. Most households indicated that honey and fuel wood have the highest value in demand. The OLS estimate shows that household involvement in collection of NTFPs is significantly influencing household wellbeing, while infrastructure, natural, human and economic are the constraints in the exploitation of NTFPs. In terms of policy, government should create training centers and markets for the sales of NTFPs, this is a step towards amelioration of wellbeing.

Keywords: Contribution, Non-Timber Forest Products, Household wellbeing, Socio-economic, Rural Cameroon

 


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