Cameroon in the 21st Century: Challenges and Prospects. Volume 2: Environment and People

Isabelle Piot-Lepetit (Editor)
Senior Research Scientist in Economics, MOISA INRA, Department of Economics, Economics and Management Division, Montpellier, France

Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues, Environmental Remediation Technologies, Regulations and Safety
BISAC: POL053000, POL044000

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Cameroon, or officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country with vast natural resources and a population of 22.8 million people. It is also culturally and geographically very diverse. Due to its geographical and cultural diversity, Cameroon is often referred to as “Africa in miniature.” This country is currently considered a lower-middle income country by the World Bank with social indicators and levels of poverty which are below those for comparator countries. However, the Government of Cameroon aims to achieve the state of a higher middle-income country by 2035. There exists huge potential for economic growth and poverty reduction in Cameroon.

The aim of the book is to provide an overview of the main issues, challenges, and prospects faced by Cameroon. The book is composed of conceptual and empirical studies of Cameroonian scholars gathered together in order to provide descriptions and explanations of main issues as well as policy recommendations to support decisions-makers. These considerations are those of Cameroonians for Cameroon.

The book is organized into two volumes. The first one entitled “Governance and Businesses” is devoted to issues relating to public governance, investment climate, insecurity, globalization, business development, and activities that are sources of employment in Cameroon. The second volume entitled “Environment and People” deals with issues concerning the management of cross cutting economic services, the conservation of forests, the sustainable development of agricultural activities, the role of women, the immobility of workers, problems of development and poverty alleviation, millennium development goals, the performance of microfinance institutions, multilingualism and education in Cameroon. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface: Cameroon in the 21st Century: Challenges and Prospects

Introduction: Environment and People

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

Chapter 1. Reforming the Cameroonian Water Sector: In Between Ideals and Reality
Gillian Sanguv Ngefor, PhD (Rural Dynamics Laboratory, University of Toulouse II, Toulouse, France)

Chapter 2. Renewable Energies in Cameroon: The Path to Clean and Sustainable Development
Edouard Mboumboue, PhD (Department of Physics, University of Yaoundé I, Yaoundé, Cameroon)

Chapter 3. Urban Form, Mobility Behavior and Dysfunction of Transport Supply: The Case of Yaoundé
Jean Patrick Mfoulou Olugu, PhD (Centre REMA, FSEG, University of Yaoundé II, Soa, Cameroon)

Chapter 4. Traditional Forest Exploitation and Climate Change Mitigation in Cameroon
Hilaire Nkengfack, PhD (Department of Public Economics and Human Resources, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon)

Chapter 5. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Forest Conservation Policies around Protected Areas in Cameroon with Perspectives for Sustainable Forest Management
Usongo P. Ajonina, PhD, Guy E. Ediama, Joseph N. Tepoule and Gordon N. Ajonina, PhD (Department of Geography, University of Buea, South West Region, Cameroon, and others)

Chapter 6. Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and the Provision of Environmental Services in the Watershed: An Estimate of the Willingness to Accept of Upstream Users in Cameroon
Claudiane Yanick Moukam and Claude Njomgang, PhD (Department of Public Economics, University of Yaoundé II, Soa, Cameroon, and others)

Chapter 7. Agricultural Supply Response to Food Price Volatility in Cameroon
Gilles Quentin Kane and Isabelle Piot-Lepetit, PhD (Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Yaoundé II-Soa, Cameroon, and others)

Chapter 8. Women Land Tenure Security and Agricultural Investment in Rural Cameroon
Perpétue Pélagie Koa Bessala, Jean Joël Ambagna and Gilles Quentin Kane (Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Yaoundé II, Soa, Cameroon, and others)

Chapter 9. An Assessment of the Role of Women in Development and Poverty Alleviation in Cameroon
Mbunya Francis Nkemnyi, Christel Ya Nicole Fombu, Nah Genevieve Kwobeni and Coleen Mumbang (Resource Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (RCESD), Cameroon)

Chapter 10. The Progress and Measurement of the Millennium Development Goals in Cameroon
Clovis Miamo Wendji, PhD (Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon)

Chapter 11. Assessing Financial and Social Performance of Microfinance Institutions over Time: The Case of the MC²& Network in Cameroon
Isabelle Piot-Lepetit, PhD and Joseph Nzongang, PhD (MOISA INRA, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Economics and Management Division, Montpellier, France, and others)

Chapter 12. Social Immobility and Workers’ Earnings in Cameroon: Is There Any "Premium" Tied to Occupational Inheritance?
Rose Eugenie Fontep and Georges Kobou, PhD (Center for Study and Research in Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics and Management (FSEG), University of Yaoundé II, Soa, Cameroon, and others)

Chapter 13. Cameroon’s Official Bilingualism: Challenges and Perspectives
Augustin Emmanuel Ebongue (University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon)

Chapter 14. Second and Foreign Languages in the 21st Century in Cameroon: The State of Affairs and Perspectives
Gilbert Tagne Safotso, PhD (Department of English, University of Maroua, Maroua, Cameroon

Chapter 15. The Bologna Process in Cameroon: The Challenges of Reforming the Cameroonian Higher Education System through Licence-Master-Doctorat Reforms
Elizabeth Agbor Eta and Vuban Joyce Afuh (Centre for Research on Lifeling Learning and Education (CELE), Department of Education, University of Tuku, Tuku, Finland, and others)

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