Plant-Based Agrobiodiversity in Home Gardens of Tubah Sub-Division, North-West Region, Cameroon

Useful plants in Tubah subdivision's homegardens


  • Wujung Mbi Lizby-Joy Faculty of Science, The University of Bamenda,
  • Azibo Roland Balgah College of Technology, The University of Bamenda
  • Ndam Walter Tacham Faculty of Science, The University of Bamenda,
  • Fungwa Sandra Fru Faculty of Science, The University of Bamenda,
  • Forchu Melo Seidou Faculty of Science, The University of Bamenda,
  • André-Ledoux Njouonkou The University of Bamenda


Biodiversity; Useful Plants; Home Garden; Mezam Division; Western Highlands; Cameroon.


Home gardens are subsistent agricultural production systems consisting of diverse crop plants which are easily accessible and adjacent to homesteads. They sustainably contribute to livelihoods in developing countries. Regarding the modernization in tropical Africa, there are changes in plant composition of urbanizing areas like Tubah Sub-Division, North West Region, Cameroon while the useful plant diversity in home gardens are poorly or not documented. This study aims to assess the diversity of useful plant species and identify key factors that influence diversity. 120 selected home gardens from Tubah Sub-Division were surveyed using two complementary field sampling approaches: interaction with selected households head through the use of structured questionnaires on garden plants and direct field observation. To assess plant abundance, the entire home garden was considered as a sample plot for tree, shrub, climber and epiphytic plant species while for herbaceous species, five quadrats of 1 m2 were used to count each species. A total of 133 useful plant species belonging to 108 genera and 47 families were recorded, with the number of species varying among the villages. The dominating families were Solanaceae, Fabaceae and Asteraceae. Age of household head and age of home garden were the key factors which significantly influenced the plant diversity. As home gardens in Tubah Sub-Division consist of diverse garden plants which are of great importance, we suggest that home gardening should be promoted, through education and extension services. This study should also be extended to other parts of the North West Region.

Author Biographies

Wujung Mbi Lizby-Joy , Faculty of Science, The University of Bamenda,

Department Biological Sciences,  Masters Student

Azibo Roland Balgah, College of Technology, The University of Bamenda

Department of Agribusiness Technology,  Associate Professor

Ndam Walter Tacham, Faculty of Science, The University of Bamenda,

Department Biological Sciences,  Lecturer

Fungwa Sandra Fru, Faculty of Science, The University of Bamenda,

Department Biological Sciences, Masters Student

Forchu Melo Seidou, Faculty of Science, The University of Bamenda,

Department Biological Sciences,Masters Student


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Figure 1: Location of Tubah Sub-Division in the North West Region



How to Cite

Mbi Lizby-Joy , W., Roland Balgah, A. ., Walter Tacham, N. ., Sandra Fru, F. ., Melo Seidou, F. ., & Njouonkou, A.-L. (2022). Plant-Based Agrobiodiversity in Home Gardens of Tubah Sub-Division, North-West Region, Cameroon: Useful plants in Tubah subdivision’s homegardens. Algerian Journal of Biosciences, 3(1), 005–018. Retrieved from