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Mbangassina

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Mbangassina

The Mbangassina municipality is located in the Mbam and Kim Division of Central Cameroon region. The municipality covers a total surface area of about 815km², containing 19 villages with a population of about 60,000 inhabitants and a density of 150 pers/km². Mbangassina is a predominantly agricultural community with cocoa production being their principal occupation accounting for more than 70% of household incomes. Other crops are subsidiary and mainly subsistence, with some food sales making an important contribution to maintaining household supplies of food and income between cocoa marketing seasons. The food crops (cassava, plantain, cocoyam, yams, maize, pumpkin and fruit trees/vegetables etc.) and the large cocoa farms developed into agroforests provide this population with the essential means of subsistence and a significant part of their annual monetary income (30% to 80% on average).  Cocoa is one of the main cash crops, production averages 5810 tonnes per year with an estimated 9700 cocoa farming households, the cultivation of plantain is another major source of income to farmers, about 2500 tonnes produced annually. Other crops considered as cash crops within the municipality include cassava, with over 72500 bags of flour sold per year and 2500 tonnes of cassava roots produced per year. Yams equally serve as a major revenue crop to households, with production averaging 2000 tonnes per year. In addition we can note that the flora of Mbangassina is rich in non-wood forest products such as mushrooms, lianas, gnetum, djansang, cola nuts, plants medicinal, wild mangoes, rattan, bamboo, and wild fruits that are source of revenue to many households (Nieboukaho et al., 2016)