Category “Cameroon”

Cameroon: Building Resilience to Food Insecurity One Bean at a Time

Heavy rains and flooding are nothing new to the people of Cameroon’s Far North region. Almost every year, they bring devastation and misery.

Last year was the worst in recent memory, with heavy downpours causing rivers to burst their banks, damaging and destroying homes, valuable farmland and people’s livelihoods.

To help families rebound quicker, the Japanese government, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Cameroon Red Cross Society launched a food security project in March. Its goal is to teach people in the communities of Pouss and Guirvidic improved farming techniques in order to sustain their livelihoods.

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Cameroon: Agro-Pastoral Products – Rural Women Acquire Processing Skills

Some 30 women drawn from rural communities from the South West and North West Regions have been trained on the modern techniques of production, processing and conservation of agro-pastoral products.

The three-day workshop from 27-30 August, organised by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family, according to the Director of Economic Advancement of the Woman, Dr. Niger-Thomas Agbaw Margret, sought to beef up the capacity of rural women in production, processing and preservation of agro-pastoral products into value added consumable goods to boost their revenue and reduce waste.

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Cameroon Researchers Develop New Rice Variety

Yaounde — Its 7am at the Yaounde city hall. The 2013 edition of the National Science and Innovation Expo has just opened. A man is making an announcement over the public address system. Government officials, scientists, and a curious public are all here to discover the work of the country’s top researchers. There is much to see: pest resistant cocoa, a beverage made from oil palm sap, solar panels, energy-saving stoves. There is even medicine made from roots and barks; and a locally manufactured brickmaking machine.

But it’s Stand-17 that has caught most people’s attention. It belongs to the state-run Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IRAD). Over the past years, the institute has been working on a new and improved rice variety that can grow on dry land and produce much more than other varieties. Today, it is on exhibition and has been named nerica. The researchers say it is going to completely change rice production in Cameroon and Africa.

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Cameroon: Oiling the Palms of Cameroon’s Farmers

Littoral — In Maleke village, western Cameroon, an oil palm tree is considered to be “black gold”. At least, that is what Joseph Tesse, the local processor of oil palm, tells IPS.

“Every household here has a parcel of land with oil palm trees,” Tesse says of the residents in his village in Cameroon’s Littoral Region. The tree, which is indigenous to West Africa, bears a fruit that can be processed to make palm oil, an essential ingredient used for cooking here. Palms are also used to produce wine and liquor.

But while Cameroon may be the third-largest producer of palm oil, after Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, it has an annual deficit of the oil for domestic consumption. More than 80 percent of the palm oil produced here by agro-industries is exported to Nigeria, the Middle East, France and other European countries, Pierre Jonathan Ngom, national coordinator of Small Holder Oil Palm Development Programme Cameroon (SOPDP) tells IPS.

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Cameroon: PM Recommends Special Access to Industrial, Agricultural Zones

Prime Minister Philemon Yang yesterday chaired the 13th session of National Road Board.

The Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang who is the chairperson of the National Road Board has prescribed to the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development specialized mechanisms to open up access roads to remote agricultural productions zone, protected areas, forest reserves, touristic sites, as well as industrial zones.

The Permanent Secretary of the National Road Board, Moumbain Matapit Issofa made the revelation to journalists yesterday, January 17, 2013 at the end of the in-camera 13th session of the board chaired by Prime Minister Philemon Yang. The Prime Minister, he said, stated that Cameroon cannot attain the two-digit economic growth only from agriculture. Hence, the important role of the industrial sector. Mr Moumbain Matapit said only 8 kilometres of road are tarred in the country’s industrial zones.

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Cameroon – Heifer to Pilot Pig Manure Biogas Project

CAMEROON – Heifer International, an international integrated animal-agriculture development organisation, is to pilot a biogas production project in the country using pig manure.

Speaking to Cameroon Tribune recently in Yaounde, the Country Director, Dr Njakoi Henry, said the experiment will be conducted in the South West and Littoral Regions where there are large concentrations of pig farmers who are located close to the market in Douala.

“Producing biogas using pig manure is quite challenging because you need much of it to supply biogas digesters. It has worked well with poultry and dairy cow manure, and we now want to try pig manure,” said the Heifer International Cameroon boss. He however, pointed out that appropriate dimensions of biogas digesters have to be determined in order to ensure the success of the project.

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Cameroon: Over 1,000 Farmers Receive FCFA 360 Million Assistance

FCFA 360 million was on Thursday June 23 in Yaounde offered to 18 farmer groupings from 11 Divisions of the Centre and South Regions by the Project for the Improvement of Agricultural Competiveness, PACA, as part of government’s efforts to increase agricultural production and productivity.

Signing the funding agreements at the Mvog-Betsi Zoo conference hall, the Centre Regional Delegate for Agriculture and Rural Development, Gabriel Mbolo Mbolo, said the non-refundable funding demonstrated government’s concern for the plight of farmers.

He said the financial assistance was for 10 farmer groupings in livestock farming and eight others in crop farming; specifically in poultry, pig, maize, banana/plantain and palm oil processing. He expressed hope that the money would enable the farmers improve their yields, thereby becoming more competitive nationally and in the sub-region.

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