Is Diversification an Efficient or Safe Strategy? The Case of Perishable Food Crop Production Systems in Cameroon

  •  Jules René Nzié    
  •  Fidoline Nonga    


The objective of this paper is to evaluate the relationship between informal risk management strategies, such as
crop and nonfarm diversification, and technical efficiency of food crop producers in Cameroon. The
methodology is based on (a) estimating the efficiency levels from a non parametric Data Envelopment Analysis
(DEA) approach and (b) using statistics tools (Pearson correlation and mean tests) to assess the impact of
diversification on efficiency. Data is obtained from tomatoes, potatoes and banana-plantain producers in 19
villages and peri-urban zones in the Center and West regions of Cameroon. Results indicate low levels of
efficiency and a negative correlation between diversification practices and efficiency.

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