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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

From our correspondents

Cameroon: Fertiliser scheme could unlock productivity in palm sector

Franc Opinion: The Fertiliser Voucher Programme in Nigeria may provide useful clues on successfully running this initiative in Cameroon, given the risk for rent-seeking behaviour inherent in similar schemes. Cameroon is looking to buy 9,000 tonnes of fertiliser between 2018-2020 to buoy its ailing palm oil sector after output dropped sharply in 2016. Funds will