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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.
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.
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.