Valeur économique de l'amélioration de l'approvisionnement en eau potable des zones rurales au Cameroun

Tropicultura. 2008;26(4):224-228


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Journal Title: Tropicultura

ISSN: 0771-3312 (Print); 2295-8010 (Online)


LCC Subject Category: Agriculture

Country of publisher: Belgium

Language of fulltext: Spanish; Castilian, English, French, Dutch; Flemish

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Assoumou Ebo, E.
Fouda Moulende, T.
Tiogang Djomo, MM.
Wabo, A.


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Time From Submission to Publication: 52 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Economic Value of the Improvment of Safe Water Supply in Rural Areas in Cameroon. A study was conducted in order to economically value the importance granted to the improvement of provision in safe water in terms of utility or willingness to pay for households living in the rural communities in Cameroon. When there are no modern water points, the provision of safe water is done in the rivers and the temporary or permanent traditional wells. The households need about 27 to 28 mn on average to go to the water source. On the average, the households draw 112.8 liters of water each day, mainly used for drinking and cooking. This task is especially incumbent upon 89% of the women. The median willingness to pay for the construction of wells is 5,600 Fcfa. The total economic value is 4.6 million Fcfa, that is about 25,500 Fcfa per household. The median willingness to pay for a fixed monthly contribution equals 950 Fcfa for 91.1% of the sampled households, against 5 Fcfa for 3.3% of the households which want to contribute to the maintenance by bucket. The presence of associations of the particular type such as churches, "djanguis", mosques, and the village dialogue committee enormously contribute to consolidate some management committees of the water points.