Space and Infrastructure Functionality in Yaounde Markets

Humphrey Ngala Ndi, Emmanuel Ebai Enow Oben


Market infrastructure plays an undeniable role in the spatial configuration of cities and is central to their efficient functioning. This paper examines the implication of the nature of the social and economic infrastructure in the efficient functioning of market spaces in Yaounde. Over 180 traders in 72.2% of main markets in Yaounde were sampled through a stratified random sampling technique and authorities of the City Council and Sub-Divisional Councils, Market Directors, Market Presidents, and fire brigade workers were equally interviewed through a purposive sampling technique. Findings indicate that an increase in the population of traders is putting a strain on the ability of the local council to provide adequate marketing infrastructure. The absence of adequate market infrastructure has implications on health, sanitation, environment as well as the aesthetic value of markets. The non-site marketability of certain markets has resulted in underutilization. This study suggest a long term commitment by the Yaounde City Council authorities to provide adequate and adapted infrastructure in markets, stronger private sector involvement in market development and the introduction of community self-help programmes and the initiative of private ‘traditional’ market establishments so as to ensure efficient market development.

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