Primary Problem

Cameroon like many African countries south of the Sahara is blessed with rich agricultural potentials. Unfortunately, these potentials remain largely untapped and majority of poor peasant farmers face challenges like lack of farm inputs, poor road networks, limited information on farming techniques and limited financial support.

 

Agriculture makes up 80% of national production but currently, it’s facing challenges such as low crop and livestock yield, as a result of declining soil fertility, poor seed/seed breed, improper management techniques and decrease household farm size in the face of increase population. This is thus pushing farmers (especially the rural poor) to resort to farming methods that increases yield at the expense of the environment and at high inputs. These practices include slash and burn, wrong use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, extending of farm land by clearing down forest land and over grazing. While such processes improve on the short term food availability for some household, they demand high external inputs that often are not affordable for must rural farm population.

 

There is often inadequate knowledge in using the external inputs (when available and affordable) this leads to direct environmental hazards like water pollution and contamination or health problems (food poisoning)

Considering the potentials of agriculture and its contribution to the economy of Cameroon, project wants to work with small scale farmers who made up 60% of the population in the region, and depend solely on subsistence farming for their livelihood to improve their food production while addressing climate change which is a big treat especially to farmers.

women working farm

Objective:

To contribute to increasing food security and ending hunger amongst poor peasant farmers by training and equipping them on sustainable agriculture and supporting them with micro-credit and materials to set up their farms.

How it happens:

  1. H4BF intervenes through training of peasant farmers and unemployed youths at her Integrated Organic Demonstration and Production Centre (BIOFARM) at mile 6 Nkwen Bamenda.
  2. Developing urban and peri-urban agriculture.
  3. Insertion of trainees through provision of startup capital and necessary equipment.

Challenges:

  1. Insufficient funds to help in the insertion of trainees.
  2. Given the fact that the training is pro poor, funds are insufficient to get materials as majority of the trainees cannot afford to pay their registration fee.

Ways forward:

Training of poor peasant farmers and unemployed youths continues while H4BF keep on outsourcing ways to get more funding to meet up with the afore mentioned challenges.

We are also aspiring to;

  1. Developing Cameroon’s seed Systems
  2. Protecting and improving our soils
  3. Ensuring that Cameroon farmers have access to Markets
  4. Partners for Seed in Cameroon (PASA)
  5. Strengthening Farmer organizations
  6. Strengthening agricultural input and output markets
  7. Training Cameroon’s plant breeders
  8. Micro reforms for African agribusiness