Corroborating this, the Country Director, Louis Nkembi told the press that the Program anticipates to plant over 3 million trees throughout the four geographical watersheds and beyond. He added that, introducing the Forest Garden Model would help improve the economic efficiency of the farm and quadruple incomes of household. “The model is a four year model that would involve the training of over 2000 farmers, working in over 70 communities. This by the fourth year would increase incomes of farmers thereby improving on their livelihood”. Louis Nkembi said. He continued by saying farmers would be able to increase and sustain food security as well as income generating opportunity in an environmentally sound manner. Louis said this model would diversify crops both for better food availability, farm product marketability and adaptation of improved land management techniques.
In order to meet up with this new model, TREES Cameroon anticipates to create 7 central nurseries of a capacity of 20000 seedlings which would serve as production center for improved planting stocks that would be distributed to farmers. The already existing agroforestry farms would be transitioned into Forest Garden by adding more economic species. And at the same time continue to plant our regular agroforestry species.
The Press were also informed that by the end of 2014, TREES Cameroon would leave those communities that have become self sufficient and move to other communities.
By Payong Marquise