In order to better understand the use of agricultural inputs, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development created a working group to set up an agricultural inputs observatory in Cameroon. Coordinated by the Department in charge of Agricultural Surveys and Statistics (DESA), the working group aims at contributing to the development of agriculture through the gradual establishment of an information desk for agricultural inputs in Cameroon. Specific objectives include (i) producing reliable data on the availability, accessibility and use of agricultural inputs in order to periodically monitor market conditions and identify potential impediments and necessary policy changes; and (ii) allowing users to access statistical, regulatory and documentary information on agricultural inputs on a single platform.
The Observatory’s first task was to provide the stakeholders in the sub -sector, with the legislative and regulatory instruments governing their activities, so that no one would be ignorant of the law.
This collection of legislative and regulatory instruments on agricultural inputs results from the compilation and formatting of instruments in force as of 31 December 2021. It is divided into 4 parts, namely:
Legal instruments on phytosanitary products, fertilisers, seeds and seedlings;
Legal instruments on seeds and seedlings;
Legal instruments on the fertiliser sub-sector;
Legal instruments on phytosanitary products.
In each part, the instruments are classified according to the hierarchy of legal norms: international conventions, laws, decrees, orders, decisions and circulars. In each of these categories, the instruments are classified in chronological order.
These instruments will enable actual and potential stakeholders in the field of agricultural inputs (farmers, importers, researchers, distributors, users and controllers) to better master the domain. They are guidance tools to enable an optimal use of inputs in agricultural production and ensure food security.
This collection is the outcome of a collaboration between the Department in charge of Agricultural Surveys and Statistics (DESA), the Department in charge of Regulation and Quality Control of Agricultural Inputs and Products (DRCQ), as well as other partners.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank them.

Gabriel Mbairobe