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Challenges 2010, 1(1), 5-26; doi:10.3390/challe10100005

Paths to Attaining Food Security: The Case of Cameroon

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1 Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund University, P.O. BOX 170, SE-221 00, Lund, Sweden 2 Department of Environmental Science, School of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana 3 Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
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Received: 20 June 2010 / Revised: 16 July 2010 / Accepted: 16 July 2010 / Published: 3 August 2010
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This paper sets out to develop a framework for characterizing agricultural growth orientations. We identify four main components in the global food system (technology, institutions, people, and natural resources). Based on the extent to which any two of these components are important in driving the growth of agriculture, we distinguish four main orientations of agricultural growth: local food, high resource-technology driven, guided technology driven, and right-to-food growth orientations. Given the social and environmental challenges that agricultural growth has to meet in Cameroon, we argue that the local food orientation and guided technology-driven orientation offer better opportunities for meeting the problem of food security in this country.
Keywords: agricultural growth; food security; Cameroon; agricultural development; sustainability agricultural growth; food security; Cameroon; agricultural development; sustainability
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Yengoh, G.T.; Armah, F.A.; Onumah, E.E. Paths to Attaining Food Security: The Case of Cameroon. Challenges 2010, 1, 5-26.

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