Research by the ASB partners in Cameroon focuses on a benchmark area in the south of the country, on the northern edge of the Central African humid forest. The benchmark site covers 1.54 million hectares and is divided, with respect to intensity of resource use, into 3 blocks: Yaounde, Mbalmayo, and Ebolowa. Agricultural practices and possibilities in this benchmark area are thought to be representative of marginal areas of the tropical forest throughout Central Africa. The benchmark area covers a north-south gradient from densely populated, largely deforested areas with intensive agriculture to sparsely populated areas with abundant forest and largely traditional agriculture. Population densities vary across the site from 4 to 100 persons per km2. Very little pristine forest remains, and logging still continues. Logged and secondary forest is converted to agriculture.
Alternatives to Slash-and-Burn in Cameroon: Summary Report and Synthesis of Phase II (PDF) presents results from ASB benchmark sites in the Yaounde, Mbalmayo, and Ebolowa regions in Cameroon. It links global environmental benefits to sustainable alternatives to slash-and-burn. It draws on an in-depth assessment of the socio-economic and policy issues that affect adoptability of these alternatives by Cameroon's smallholders.