Agriculture is the back bone of the Cameroonian economy, and can be a driver of development for individuals, families, communities, and the nation. Unfortunately, many farmers remain at the subsistence level. They are struggling with lower yields due to environmental changes caused by climate change, and have turned to costly chemical inputs and environmentally destructive techniques. As a result, many farmers find it hard to move beyond subsistence farming, and many are burdened by debt. Despite the potentials of agriculture as a source of sustainable livelihoods, this current situation discourages many youths from pursuing agriculture. As a result, there is a rural exodus of youths who turn away from farming and seek out employment in urban areas. Unfortunately, unemployment rates are high, particularly for students from general education streams who do not have concrete skills to offer in the workforce. This leads to large populations of unemployed youths in urban areas, fostering crime and poverty. In order to prevent this situation, youth need to see agriculture as a viable option. They must know how to undertake agriculture in a productive and sustainable manner.
H4BF seeks to improve food security and income opportunities by revitalizing agriculture development through infrastructure development (e.g. irrigation repair), expansion of (commercialized) vegetable production (linking with markets, private sector, capacity building), livestock care (veterinary services) and appropriate technologies (e.g. green houses, tools) to increase diversified off-season production which will increase local income, but also awareness of natural disasters (DRR)
Farming families will become self-sufficient again due to increased economic development and recovery of their income generating activities, thus less reliant on external aid. Due to improved access to markets, productivity and skills, the project will have a long-lasting impact within the communities for sustainable agriculture production. In addition links between farmers and local suppliers, private sector and government bodies (agriculture -and livestock offices) will be strengthened.