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31 October 2017

Silver Back Company, ERuDeF’s Biodiversity Business Component

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 Silver Back Company, ERuDeF’s Biodiversity Business Component

The Lebialem highlands forest area is predominantly a palm oil exploitation area.The Lebialem palm oil development project was introduced in 2011 by the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF). It led to a considerable improvement in the livelihood of the local population with increase in household income from 20% to 45%.

In the course of the project, it was noticed that the capacity of the local population was not adequate for sustainable management of the project. To build up these lapses in management, the Social Business Development, was created at ERuDeF with a specific mission to sustainably manage conservation projects’ fall outs for the betterment of the local population.

In addition, the division of Social Business development was thought of as stimulant to foster rapid economic development in these communities living adjacent to conservation habitats in Lebialem highland. The department came to fulfil the aspirations of the local communities aiming at improving on economic welfare through job creation, socioeconomic advancement and the institution of community development projects.

In the same light, the Silver Back Company Ltd (SBC Ltd) was created as an institution in November 2013. Principally,it manages activities and operations of the Social Business Division.

The Company is named after the male Cross River Gorilla characteristic with a silver lining at his back. He is popularly known as the Silver Back Gorilla.

The company is a special class of limited liability, in which profits generated are not for the interest of the shareholders but to further enhance and promote conservation activities within the geographical limit of the project area. The company is concern with value addition to the activities of ERuDeF.It came on the heels of observation with partners and local communities that the people cannot adequately and efficiently manage sustainable livelihood project donated to them, market projects and bring back profits to the community for development and conservation support. The company has the opportunity to do value chain development for products within the conservation site. It can as well do legal and environmental acceptable businesses which are directed at preservation and protection of the natural environment.

The main objective of SBC Ltd is to ensure support for long term management of a system of protected areas in Cameroon starting with the newly created TOFALA Hill Wild life Sanctuary. Consequently, the company had to:

- To enhance profitability of the company.

- Support long term conservation efforts through the capitalization of the - Forest Protection Fund (FoProF)

- Production and commercialisation of forest products through the setting up of small scale cottage industries for the production and marketing of basic commodities with interest in Non Timber Forest Products found in conservation habitats.

Specific objectives of SBC Ltd

The company will sustainably do the following:

  • Processing and marketing of palm oil.
  • Production and marketing of aromatic plants such as Echinopsgiganteuse and Mondiawhiteiwithin and without Cameroon.

· Collection, processing and marketing of Non Timber Forest Products and by product in and out of Cameroon.

· Support the financing of integral conservation development programs throughout Cameroon especially in regions where ERuDeF is implementing its activities. This can be done by creating a conservation finance unit to better manage the project.

· Production and marketing of environmental news articles by setting up a media and publishing unit as well as publishing on line newsletter for the company to create visibility with partners and stakeholders.

· Position the company as the leading social business organization in Cameroon.

The company has created positive impacts in communities such as Bechati, Besali, Nkong and Essoh-Attah in Lebialem Division. Quality production in palm oil, echinops, and mondia whitei and honey has put smiles in people’s faces. This is possible thanks to the efforts of the Silver Back Company Ltd.

BY: Peter Tendongzi

31 October 2017

SBC Ltd Adopts New Palm Oil Production Model As 2017/2018 Milling Season Approaches

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 SBC Ltd Adopts New Palm Oil Production Model As 2017/2018 Milling Season Approaches

 A new model to enhance production and marketing of Palm Oil, has been adopted by the Silver Back Company Limited (SBC Ltd). The new palm oil milling model aims at maximizing profit for the company while improving the livelihood of the communities adjacent to protected areas. The redefinition of the strategies for the project comes as a result of negative profits the project is incurring for the past two palm oil production seasons.

Information of the new model was disclosed in a development workshop with the mill operators, cooperative members and other villagers producing palm oil in the communities were SBC Ltd operates. The workshop took place recently in Besali, Lebialem Division, Southwest Cameroon.

According to the Manager of SBC ltd, Ignatius Njom, the new strategy consists of restructuring and mobilising the farmers within the confines of the existing cooperatives, to produce the highest quantity and quality of palm nuts.

“SBC Ltd will transport the palm nuts to the milling site at a limited cost .Only considerablequantity of oil will be purchased, hence, main focus will be diverted to the mobilisation of farmers to produce nuts. Buyers will also be organised to buy top quality palm oil at the mills one to two days per week.With this approach in place, the negative profits will be reversed and we will be reaping some substantial profits,” Ignatius Njom said.

The SBC ltd boss decried the influence peddling attitudes of some Nigerian buyers, causing prices to increase even at deficient quality. With all these challenges he said, warranted for a new production and marketing strategy.

“The palm oil prices witnessed an increase in the community from 11,000 FCFA to 13,500 FCFA over and above the market prices in towns. Also, the high prices at the level of the communities in which Silver Back Company has no influence on it as well as the stiff competition from other buyers from Nigeria worsen matters as purchase price is on a steady increase irrespective of the quality. So we adopted this new model to counteract all those negative influences, hence, keeping SBC ltd at the centre of business in the communities,” Njom said.

Meantime, members of cooperatives dealing in the palm oil sector, have expressed total happiness with the coming of this new model. According to them, the model will go a long to improve the palm oil business climate in Lebialem, hence, putting additional income in the community members.

“We are so grateful for this new model. We are extremely happy for the putting at our disposal, a transportation mechanism that will cost us little or nothing. This will greatly facilitate our production process, hence, reducing the cost of production. We urge those who are still lagging behind to join us and maximise profit from this new SBC model,” indicated Forkwai Zachariah, Secretary General of the Lower Mundani Farmers’Cooperative.

Silverback Company Limited is the “Business Division” of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation(ERuDeF). It was founded in 2013 as a legal entity governed by the business laws of the Republic of Cameroon. The company aims to support the conservation activities and social development around key conservation sites in Cameroon.

By: Ignatius Njom

31 October 2017

Unceasing Anglophone crisis Impedes Environmental Education in Lebialem Division

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 Unceasing Anglophone crisis Impedes Environmental Education in Lebialem Division

Environmental conservationists have lamented over severe negative repercussions the Anglophone crisis has had on Environmental Education in Lebialem. Speaking recently in Lebialem, the conservationists mainly from the Education for Sustainable Development Programme (ESD), at the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), indicated repeated ghost towns adorned with school boycotts have had untold effects on the sensitization process of the population, about sustainable management of the environment.

According to the Manager of the ESD programme at ERuDeF, Samuel Ngueping, the advent of the Anglophone crisis since 2016,has caused schools in Lebialem Division to remain shut down, thereby keeping away the bulk of the programme’s target. To him, the situation is further compounded by the deserted nature of the markets and public structures, hence, educating the population is pretty difficult.

“Our primary target in the ESD programme are youths of school going ages. We have been engaging them on a lot of capacity building activities on the environment. Unfortunately, schools remain shut down and the learners are nowhere to be found in the quarters. As a result of this, the premises of schools in Lebialem Division have been transformed into a secondary forests by unwanted plants and grass. Thepresence of the weeds have created an atmosphere of competition for nutrients, with trees planted by students and pupils in their campuses, thus,reducing the survival rate of these trees. Besides tree planting, the other mentioned activities above are still in a halt, since those with whom these activities are to be carried out with are now taken refuge in their houses, bushes and others in military detention,” Samuel Ngueping said.

The Environmental Conservationist flanked by his collaborators, have send a clarion call to all stakeholders concerned with bringing an end to the crisis, to engage in meaningful dialogue, that will bring to an end of the impasse.

“We use this medium to call on the government of Cameroon in particular, and all warring factions to bury pride and arrogance, so a meaningful dialogue can be achieved. It is only going to be on this basis that we shall children back to school, hence, continue with our sustainable environmental management campaign. This situation to a certain extent, has frustrated the goal and mission of the ESD programme with regards to Environmental Education in schools. We hope to have kids go back to school not before long,” Samuel Ngueping said.

In the meantime, the ESD manager disclosed other measures put in place to contain the adversities caused by the social stalemate in Lebialem.

“To uphold the goal and mission of ERuDeF, weare carrying out round weeding of trees in schools. With the numerous schools in Lebialem Division, it is very difficult to meet with the tasks which was carried by students and pupils in their respective schools.Also, we join rallies and educate people on environmental issues.

The Education for Sustainable development programme, is a component of a greater biodiversity conservation ambition of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF). It uses basic capacity building techniques to resolve global environmental issues such as climate change, conservation of plants and animals species and the protection of ecosystems.

In the domain of school, the activities carried out include: establishment of forest gardens, Arts and Culture, tree planting and weeding, Wildlife Advocacy Week, organizing seminars for Environmental Educators. It should be noted that the smooth running of these activities is guaranteed with the engagement of students. This engagement of schools and ERuDeF is bonded by a memorandum of understanding.

Njume William


11 October 2017

ERuDeF Leading Biodiversity Conservation In Cameroon-MINFOF SDAP

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ERuDeF Leading Biodiversity Conservation In Cameroon-MINFOF SDAP

The Sub Director in charge of Protected Areas Management (SDAP) at the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF), Njiang Antoine, has endorsed the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) as Cameroon’s leading Biodiversity conservation non-profit Organisation. He says ERuDeF front-runs development and management of protected areas in the country.

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Speaking during a workshop to establish a roadmap for the elaboration of the management plan of the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, the Protected Area Management Sub Director said ERuDeF remains the first National NGO to facilitate the development of a management plan for a protected area in Cameroon.

He posited that, if ERuDeF continues with this spirit, the Organisation will cement its position as the leading biodiversity conservation Organisation in Cameroon and Africa.

“We have over 200 protected areas in Cameroon, with some 13 Management Plans. The Government has been the only one facilitating the elaboration and validation process for the Management Plans. ERuDeF is the first NGO to get involved in the facilitation process. Hence, it is unarguable that the Organisation is the leader of biodiversity conservation in Cameroon,” said Njiang Antoine.

The Sub Director revealed that MINFOF has signed and approved a working agreement with ERuDeF. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), according to him, paves the way for more collaborating actions between MINFOF and ERuDeF.

Meanwhile ERuDeF has since 2010 been engaged in facilitating the creation of series of protected areas to protect isolated population of biodiversity species in the country.

One of ERuDeF’s memorable achievements in protected area development in Cameroon was recorded in 2014 with the creation of the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary (THWS).

THWS created in 2014, is safe haven to Cross River Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Drills, Preuss guenon and Bushman potto. It also harbours some 42 plant species in the IUCN Red List, 6 of which are endemic to this site, amphibians and 14 bird species.

The Organisation was also instrumental in the creation of the Kimbi-Fungom National Park in North West Cameroon, home to Nigeria Cameroon Chimpanzees.

With support from Rainforest Trust-USA, Tusk Trust, African Conservation Foundation (ACF) and other international partners, ERuDeF is leading a campaign that will culminate in the creation and management of three other protected areas in Cameroon. These are the proposed Mak-Betchou Wildlife Sanctuary, proposed Mount Muanenguba Integral Ecological Reserve and the proposed Mount Nlonako Amphibians Sanctuary.

The gazettement of the proposed Mak-Betchou Wildlife Sanctuary will save over 300 chimpanzees, unknown population of gorillas, over 100 elephants as well as other endangered wildlife and plants. While the creation of the proposed Mount Muanenguba Integral Ecological Reserve and the proposed Mount Nlonako Amphibians Sanctuary will aid in the long term protection of one of the key amphibian sites in Africa, including other biodiversity species.

Meanwhile, the Organisation is also mobilising resources to ensure the conservation of endangered species like the Giant Frog of Mt. Nlonako in Littoral Region, the Drills and Bush Shrike of Mt. Kupe in South West region, as well as the Chimpanzees and Gorillas of the Deng Deng National Park in the East Region of Cameroon..

The creation of protected areas is ERuDeF’s approach to contributing to Cameroon’s conservation policy, which sets out to place at least 30% of the national territory under permanent protection.

11 October 2017

Executive Board of Biodiversity Community Trust Put In Place

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 Executive Board of Biodiversity Community Trust Put In Place

The executive board of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF)’s Biodiversity Community Trust (BCT), has been put in place. This board is made up of nine persons elected during a Constituent General Assembly, which took place in Menji September 8, 2017.

According to ERuDeF’s Micro-Finance Manager, Quddus Njang, the putting in place of this board is necessary to ensure the smooth functioning of the Trust in all cooperatives found within the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and the proposed Mak-Betchou Wildlife Sanctuary. It will equally enable community members to have access to financial resources in other to reduce their over dependence on the forest for a livelihood.

Quddus schooled the board member on the importance of microfinance. He underscored the need for communities to have access to cash and to facilitate the establishment of micro businesses in the adjacent communities. This enlightenment was greatly welcome by participants.

“I thank ERuDeF for all that they have been doing to ensure the growth of our communities as well as our livelihoods. I will like you people to create the Biodiversity Community Trust in our communities. I believe this will help us to have access to financial resources that will enable us to set up alternative income generating activities thus, diverting our attention from the forest” Mr Tanduwn Landnus said

In the course of the meeting each of the cooperatives bought shares worth $ 30,000. A total of $480 shares were bought with a cash contribution of $320.

The meeting was attended by representatives of some eight cooperatives found within the Tofala and the Proposed Mak-Betchou Wildlife Sanctuary. These cooperatives include: Lower Mundani Farmers Cooperative, Tofala Women Cooperative, Mount Bamboutos Echinops Cooperative, Lewoh Women Cooperative, Alou-Tofala Farmers Cooperative, Nkongho-Mbo Farmers Cooperative, Nkongho-Mbo Farmers Cooperative and Mak-Betchou Cooperative.

This was made possible by ERuDeF with financial support from Rainforest Trust.

11 October 2017

Lebialem, Menoua Farmers Schooled On Farm Management Techniques

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Lebialem, Menoua Farmers Schooled On Farm Management Techniques

The Agro-forestry Coordinator for Lebialem at the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), Ntungwa Elong, has trained farmers in the Menoua and Lebialem Divisions of the West and Southwest Regions of Cameroon respectively on best farm management techniques.

During the training that took place recently, participants were thought on how to prune the leaves of these trees and use for the mulching of the farm for it to decompose as organic fertilizer.

The Agroforestry Coordinator enlightened farmers that agro-forestry trees species like Acacia, Leucaena and Calliandra are not only for soil restoration and the protection of the environment but they could also serve as pecks for bean, yam and tomatoes during pruning of the alley cropping.

“Besides using leaves of the pruned branches from the alleys for mulching of the soil, you can also use these pruned branches to peck crops like tomatoes, beans, sweet yams and even more,” Ntungwa told the farmers.

Meantime, the farmers showed thanked ERuDeF for the training promising to put into practice what they have learned.

“I have been using this method for some time. Unfortunately, I have not been using it well. With this training, I shall apply the method in all of my 5 hectares of farmlands,” indicated Demsoung Maurice, a farmer in Meka, West Region.

In-line with ERuDeF’s objective to restore degraded landscape and improve on the income of resourced-poor farmers in Cameroon, the organisation in collaboration with Trees for the Future-USA, established agroforestry nurseries with farming groups in Lebialem Division. Seeds of Tree species like Acacia, Leucaena and prunusafricana were handed to interested farmers in the month of March 2017 alongside sensitization on the importance of these species and training on nursery management.

By Ntungwa Elong

11 October 2017

Footprints of Social Business Activities In Lebialem Highlands Conservation Complex

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Footprints of Social Business Activities In Lebialem Highlands Conservation Complex

Over 1000 families have benefited directly or indirectly from the livelihood supported projects of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) within the last couple of years.

These benefits, according to the Manager of ERuDeF’s Social Business Division, Ignatius Njom, include petty business training, Training & support on apicultural farming, training & support on livestock production (pig farming), microfinance initiation in rural areas enclave from microfinance and banking activities (The Biodiversity Community Trust-BCT & The Forest Protection Fund - FoProF), Producers Cooperatives, sustainable extraction of None Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), and installation of 04 giant semi industrial palm oil mills.

He said the organisation has equally focussed on poverty alleviation through training and support in the production of local soap, omo and medicated soap, Support to women groups with cassava grinding mills (Bechati&Folepi).

Mr. Njom said over 10 NTFPs community nursery have been created & donated for transplanting, marketing channels established for agricultural products and natural resources like palm oil, Mondia wheiti and Echinops plants discovered in Lebialem.

“Over 100 persons can be seen in petty businesses around ERuDeF project sites as a result of the skills acquired. Over 300 beehives (top cover Kenyan type) have been installed in the Lebialem highlands with a colonisation rate of over 80% an indication of over 2000 kg of honey will be produced early 2016 along site other bee bi-products. Over 200 piglets have been donated to support forest adjacent communities and the reproduction (pregnancy rate) stands at 70% meaning that early in 2017 an average of well over 500 piglets were produced given that each pig produce on average 5 piglets” he expounded.

The Social Business boss disclosed that through the activities of his Division, employment opportunities have been created either directly or indirectly in all project sites like the 4 oil mills, bi-products milling, detergent production and commercialization etc.

This to him, has increased the per capita income of the local communities

“There have been an increase in the per capita income of local community members from less than 0.05 USD per day to above 2 USD per day” he said.

Community members have confessed of increament in household income, education of their children, more hospital attention that had led to good health and increase in their standards of living amonst others thanks to ERuDeF’s intervention.

All these, according to Njom, has aided in reducing over dependence on the forest, increase in wildlife population and the protection of fragile ecosystems.

11 October 2017

Two Viable Business Models Developed For MBAAH Community Forest

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 Two Viable Business Models Developed For MBAAH Community Forest

Some two business proposals have been developed on forest and Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) for the MBAAH Community Forest (CF). These business proposals were developed recently by community members with under the mentorship of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation. Meanwhile,charcoal and bush mango productions werealso earmarked for business.

This choice was made based on results from a resource mapping exercise which says, there are over 7000 stands of bush Mango in the MBAAH CF. It was also based on the fact that there are lots of off cuts from Timber which is being exploited from the forest. With these, the community has chosen to produce charcoal as a means to raise additional funds for identified developmental projects in this area.Some of these projects include the construction of community halls in all 4 villages, scholarships to students, support to schools within the locality distribution of inputs to farmers and maintenance of farm to market roads.

According to the Forest Management Officer of the MBAAH CF, Mr. Mbongaya Patrick, this business development process is an eye opener to the community. “The process makes you understand clearly the different steps involved in the different models, the investments and potential profit smart persons can use this process with their individual businesses,” Mr.Mbongaya said.

In addition, other community members expressed their readiness to engage in the various businesses.

“The community is very ready to lend their support and useful contributions towards the success of this enterprise,”MrOsoh Scott added.

The MBAAHCF is found in the Nguti sub division and made up of 4 villages which are; Ekenke, Mboka, Afrikpabiand Ediengoh.

11 October 2017

Four Landmark Biodiversity Conservation MSc. Theses Defended At ERuDeF Institute

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 Four Landmark Biodiversity Conservation MSc. Theses Defended At ERuDeF Institute

Some four landmark Masters of Science (MSc) theses have been defended in the area of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development at the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-Profit Studies.

The defence took place last September 8, 2018 at the Institute’s campus, Mile 18, Muea Road-Buea. The first thesis, defended by Angwa Gwendoline , was based on “Gastrointestinal parasites of Drills in the Korup National Park.

Motivated by hands on training acquired during her course work, this young researcher made some startling revelations from her investigation

“It was discovered that the drills of the Korup National Park have high protozoan nematodes and trimatodes infections. These diseases are said to have caused the death of Drills in other parts of the world” She disclosed.

Ms Angwa recommended that Parasites surveillance be incorporated in the biomonitoring of great apes to monitor parasite rates of species in the wild. Though already recruited as a biologist with the Environment and Rural Development Foundation, the ERuDeF Institute Conservation ambassador hopes to continue researching on the parasites affecting apes in the Korup National Park on a seasonal basis

Grace Niba, is another candidate, who also defended on this day. Overwhelmed by limited information about amphibians in Cameroon, this young researcher conducted a Survey on Amphibians of Mount Nlonako, Littoral Region of Cameroon: with focus on Goliath Frog. Her research induced some interesting discoveries.

“It was discovered that the distribution of Goliath frogs on Mt Nlonako is not uniform. They are located in most large streams at elevations of 200m and 1000m above sea level. Key threats to this frog species remains habitat loss and over harvesting. For example It was discovered that an estimated 19,440 frogs are harvested every peak season” she hinted.

The amphibians researcher recommended amongst others that awareness campaigns be carried out to sensitize communities around Mt Nlonako on the ecological importance of amphibians and the need for amphibian conservation.

Cont. from pge 1. On her part, Ntui Ebob Ojong Michelin, observing the increasing urbanization in Buea and a constant water crisis decided to focus her Masters thesis on the Assessment of Water Quality of Some Catchments in Buea, South-West Region, Cameroon. At the end of this research work, she is very happy contributing to science and development.

“I feel happy because this is a daunting issue plaguing everyone in the world today. Doing research on this topic and bringing science to life, makes me happy. I discovered that farming around water catchments, houses, animal dung and agricultural activities have effected the water making it microbially unfit for drinking. Houses located around this area have their safety tank around the catchment, which contaminates it” Ms Ntui explained.

The ERuDeF Institute graduate called on the Buea Council to carry out water quality assessment and develop policies that protect water catchments within the municipality.

. In the area of Environmental Education, Mr. Njume William Moto, explains that acquiring so much knowledge on the concepts governing the environment and the need for protection using education as a principal tool, he had to get into the minds of community members around protected areas to find out how much they appreciate biodiversity conservation. Thus, his research work is focussed on the Assessment of Community Awareness on Biodiversity Conservation in Tofala Hill and proposed Mak-Betchou Wildlife Sanctuaries in Lebialem Highlands.

At the end of the defence, one of the Examiners Dr. Fokam Eric could not hide his feelings about the quality of the thesis defended. “I am extremely pleased by the quality of research which the students have come up with. What we have been telling them and are sure they will implement is that they should be able to translate the results of their research into wealth, and to influence policy for the betterment of their communities” he said.

The Chair Man of the Defence Council, Professsor Chuyong George, on his part congratulated the candidates on their success. He appreciated them for daring in areas, which many young researchers in the country shy away from. The Chair Man also urged students to use their research results to influence government policy towards biodiversity conservation.

Created by Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) in 2012, the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies (ERuDeF Institute) is dedicated to the holistic study of biodiversity and philanthropy in Africa.

It trains both national and international students and researchers in the area of Biodiversity, Agroforestry, Environmental Journalism, Non-profit and Fundraising Management and Environmental Education. The school has graduated over 33 young leaders in conservation

By B. Shancho Ndimuh

11 October 2017

Over 2Million Agroforestry Trees Planted Littoral, West Northwest, Southwest Cameroon

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Over 2Million Agroforestry Trees Planted Littoral, West Northwest, Southwest Cameroon

The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), in collaboration with Trees for the Future-USA, has transplanted 2,188,000 Acacia, Leucaena, and Prunus tree species in over 80 communities in the 15 Divisions in the Southwest, Northwest, West and Littoral Regions.

This inventory was recorded after visit paid to project sites by ERuDeF Agroforestry Coordinators last September 2017. This statistics according to ERuDeF’s Director of Agroforestry and Agricultural Development Director, Prudence Payong, constitute 73% of the organisation’s tree planting target for 2017. This target was to plant all together 3million trees in farms, water catchments and schools across the regions before the end of the year.

The Director said these trees (Acacia and Leucaena) are planted for the improvement of soil fertility, to serve as life fences, fodder for animals, pegs for beans and yams, nectar for bees, fuel wood and to secure water catchments while Prunus is to be used for medicinal purposes.

The planting of these over 2million trees, is a culmination of a number of activities

“We started by organising seventy one transplanting workshops across the regions. During these workshops, demonstration sites were put in place, with farmers and water catchment committees trained on the different technologies of agroforestry. Nurseries were also set up in all the communities and continuous monitoring trips paid to the sites. Few months after, the seedlings were ready for transplanting and that’s what we are doing now,” Ms Payong explained.

The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), in collaboration with Trees for the Future (TFTF), have been making great strides in the restoration of degraded agricultural landscape in four Regions of Cameroon. Since 2007, the agroforestry development programme has improved the soil quality of several hectares on land in the Southwest, Northwest, West, and Littoral Regions.


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