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10 November 2016

Increase Household Food Security And Poverty Alleviation Through Sustainable Agriculture Management In Western Cameroon

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Increase Household Food Security And Poverty Alleviation Through Sustainable Agriculture Management In Western Cameroon

The Centre for Poverty Employment and Growth (CPEG) of the Human Science Research Council (HSRC), acknowledged that bad agricultural practice promote food insecurity. From them, food security has three dimensions, namely; food availability, food access and food use (Toit et al, 2011).

In Cameroon, the concept of food insecurity is closely linked to poverty given that poverty refers to the condition of not having the means to afford basic human needs such as clean water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter (Nsoh, 2011).

The problem facing agriculture in our country has been well researched and documented politically to specific levels (Ayissi, 2007). In the Western part of Cameroon, a number of factors account for problems facing agriculture. This include:

· poor agricultural practice and lack of quality control through the value chain of the farms priority product;

· excessive utilization of chemical product both fertilizers and pesticides.

· Wrong soil tillage, animal waste, bad rotation process, stubble burning lead to soil degradation (Manfred, 2011).

This project seeks to improve household food security and income through sustainable agricultural management. Specifically, we will:

· Train and build capacity of farmers on new agricultural techniques by taking into consideration their priority products,

· Support farmers and stakeholder on processing and conservation techniques of their priority products,

· Establish a close relationship between each stakeholder to better implement market policy and guarantee project sustainability.

With the implementation of this project:

· Farmers will be able to increase their productivity by 70% and will be able to produce all year round through crop rotation techniques,

· Their skill and competences of small farmers will increase by 80% through acquisition of new techniques of processing and conservation,

· Market demand will increase by 30% through close collaboration established within the project implementation.

To implement this project, £100,000 is needed. Of this amount, £25,000 would be used for sensitization, £15,000 to support communities’ network through donation of agricultural equipment, £40,000 to be used for training and capacity building and £20,000 for monitoring and evaluation.

The project which shall span for 4 years, will be executed by a team of experts with a wealth of experience in agroforestry activities from the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF). In collaboration with Trees for the Future, the agroforestry department of ERuDeF has impacted the lives of local farmers in the Western part of Cameroon. It has integrated six million agroforestry trees in small holders’ farms to improve their soil fertility, and increase their productivity.

For more information, kindly visit our website: www.erudef.org

Food security is a global concern. It is paramount to invest resources in generating considerable quantity of food so poverty could be reduced. This project will improve on the livelihood of resourced poor farmers through equipping and empowering them with the necessary tools so as to upscale their agricultural production, hence, combatting global food insecurity.