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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2018, 6(3), 155-159
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-6-3-5
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Impact of Poor Health of Maize Farmers on Farm Performance in Southwestern Cameroon

Telma A. Yamou1, and Ernest L. Molua2

1School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

2Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon, P.O. Box 63 Buea, Cameroon

Pub. Date: May 29, 2018

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Telma A. Yamou and Ernest L. Molua. Impact of Poor Health of Maize Farmers on Farm Performance in Southwestern Cameroon. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2018; 6(3):155-159. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-6-3-5


The study analyzed the impact of poor health on maize farmers’ performance in the Buea municipality. It made use of primary data collected with the help of a well-structured questionnaire, administered to 60 randomly sampled maize farmers in Buea municipality. The Ordinary Least Squares technique was used to analyze a non-linear stochastic model that captured the relationship between maize output, poor health and other important inputs. It was observed that a 1% increase in working hours of labour would increase output by 0.319% in the study area. Also, a 1% improvement in the health condition of the farmer will increase output by 0.291%. On average, 5,965.1 FCFA was spent by each farmer on health care and this led to a 29.2% loss in income. Given that the labour hours variable had the greatest magnitude, it shows the importance of health in the productivity of these workers, through the quantity and quality of labour. This implies the greater part of poor performance on the farm is a result of poor health, and so an improvement in the health condition will improve maize production significantly. Health should thus be given priority both by the farmer, where possible, and the government in any policy aimed at increasing maize production particularly in the study area.

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