ZEF Public Lecture: Gender informal employment and agripreneurship opportunities in Cameroon

December 1, 2022 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

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Topic: Gender informal employment and agripreneurship opportunities in Cameroon

Speaker:  Dr. Stephanie Mvodo, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Buea, Cameroon

Abstract:  The informal sector is very salient in developing countries. This sector employs more than 90% of the labour in Cameroon. The main objective of this paper is to empirically examine gender factors that predispose women to lesser job opportunities and orienting them to agricultural entrepreneurship sector. Data from the fourth Cameroon Household Survey (ECAM4) enabled to estimate determinants of job quality between men and women, using the estimation of a multinomial logit model. Results establish that the probability for women to hold a better job is lower compared to men. Inequalities in access to better quality jobs against them are more related to differences in unobservable characteristics than to differences in individual characteristics. This reveals several opportunities in the agricultural sectors, 84% for women and 56% for men. Recommendations are to improve facilities such as access to credit, mobile financial services, communication outlets, managerial skills of women.

Dr. Stephanie Mvodo holds a PhD in Technology, Economics and Management from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) China. At the University of Buea she is the coordinator of the sole university requirement’s master course known as entrepreneurship. She holds the position of Programme coordinator of Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship courses under the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.

She leads many communities research and academic cooperation. Presently her research work focuses on agricultural value chain and value addition, natural resources utilisation, youth and women engagement in green entrepreneurship; climate change adaptability measures, farmers’ implications in cooperatives, One Health issues, risk communication and community engagement. She is a lover of integrated farm systems and dedicate much research time to it. She is a member of many research, academic and professional associations.

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