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FODECC to give 10.5 Billion FCFA Subsidy to Cameroon Cocoa and Coffee farmers


According to information provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the State will contribute 6.3 billion FCFA, while the Central African Forest Initiative (Cafi) will supplement with a donation of 4.2 billion FCFA (approximately 5 million dollars). This subsidy will benefit 75,231 producers, with a distribution favoring 80% of cocoa farmers and 20% of registered coffee farmers.

The producer window, launched in 2021, is at the heart of this system. It allows cocoa and coffee farmers to directly access government aid. To benefit from this subsidy, producers must register with Fodecc and contribute 60% of the investment to a financial institution. They then receive a voucher corresponding to 30 to 40% of the investment for the purchase of plants, inputs, phytosanitary products, and agricultural equipment.

In 2023, Fodecc distributed 6.3 billion FCFA in subsidies, allowing producers to achieve a turnover of 15.8 billion FCFA. The Minister of Agriculture, Gabriel Mbaïrobe, highlighted a completion rate of 99.97% for agricultural subsidies via the Fodecc producers window last year.

With the objective of doubling cocoa and coffee production by 2030, the Cameroonian government sees these subsidies as a way to significantly improve producers’ performance. Fodecc aspires to inject 50 billion FCFA into these sectors over five years, thus marking a strong commitment to the country’s agricultural development.