In the West, Littoral, Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameroon, the problem of food insecurity is a major course for concern. According to MINADER 2008, the rate of food production does not match with the population growth rate. At least 40% of Cameroonians live below the poverty margin, hence, they are unable to afford the basic necessities (nutrition, health, education and accommodation).
To solve these problems, this project seeks to improve on food security and income of resource poor farmers while ensuring sustainable environmental protection. This will be done by creating protective and healthy farm through agro-forestry and agriculture development in Cameroon.
5000 Farmers in 75 communities will increase their yield on crop production by 200%.
The Farmers’ productivity will increase from 0.5 to 2 tons per hectare.
Increase productivity of rural landscape.
For this to be realised, the following earmarked activities will be carried out:
Build capacity for Farmers on Agroforestry technique: Farmers yield will increase on crop production by 200%, thus, solving the problem of food insecurity and improving on the nutrition.
Support farmers to alleviate poverty through value added chain and farm optimization techniques: Farmers will be able to increase on their agricultural productivity from 0.5 tons of crops per hectare to 2 tons per hectare. More job opportunities will be created for especially youths and women. Non-timber forests products (NTFP) are characterised by their non-perishable nature. Therefore, farmers can sell the surpluses to manage the lean season. During the lean season, the unit cost of NTFPs can vary from US$20/kg up to US$24/kg.
In conclusion, the project “Mainstreaming capacity building for livelihood into agro-biodiversity management” will go a long way to change the lives of poor farmers by improving on their economic well-being through the value added chain development and farm optimization model. This project can also be of benefit to our ecosystem through tree planting into farms and water catchment.
In other to realise this project, some US$79 will be needed to sponsor one poor resource farmer to plant 200 trees in his/her farm per year. Five thousand farmers in Seventy Five Communities are engaged in this project. Therefore, a total of US$391,928 will be needed to carryout this activities in the next 5 years
To achieve these, a team of agroforestry technicians from the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) who have been working in this location for the past 10 years will implement the project. For more information, visit www.erudef.org