I Bellemarre De Vigny TATCHIM KAMTO, 27. I live in Yagoua in the region of the far north Cameroon. I understand that agriculture is crucial to the development of our country and that many young people could benefit from throwing it. Indeed, our food production are insufficient to cover the needs of our people and the majority of essential commodities come to us from foreign countries; hence the great opportunity to be seized by our youth for our economic development and poverty reduction.
HOW TO ACT?
The solution lies in setting foot in rural areas multiple community projects promoting inclusive participation of all members and specially oriented towards the vulnerable.
As an example we took the initiative to set foot in a joint cooperative YAGOUA the various ethnic groups (Massa Toupouri, Peul, Muzgum) to fight with one arm for improving the living conditions of the population of the area. Through our activities, the links between the various ethnic groups will be strengthened and they will now work together to pursue their common interests. In addition, the targeted community, mainly made up of young people and women engaged in groundnut cultivation, will receive agricultural inputs and equipment to enable them to produce more than before, while preserving our environment.
Thanks to the technical support of the agricultural delegation, performance and the amount of peanuts produced will be increased. This will improve food security and greater revenue of several hundred people (direct and indirect beneficiaries). The collaboration of all ethnic groups will act as leverage to substantially reduce the rate of poverty in the area. Part of the funds from the sale of production will be kept to renew the investment the following seasons and increase the number of farmers who will benefit.
REALIS ATIONS CURRENT
We have already legalized the cooperative under the symbol FOOD FOR ALL with the main objective of the mission support people without access to economic opportunities and improve their living standards through the development of profitable and sustainable agriculture. A community fund was set up and we are seeing the beginnings of a fruitful collaboration between the various ethnic groups involved. Through our collaboration with the delegation of small and medium enterprises, partial subsidy of $ 5000 was granted us. It is insufficient for the project good start but if we manage to become one of the “YAP Champions”, then we can truly put feet on this project whose total amount is $ 10,000.
This funding will allow us to develop the tool and equipment ($ 3,200), seeds ($ 2600), fertilizers ($ 2400) to cover miscellaneous operating expenses ($ 1,200) and to pay for transportation and sales taxes ($ 600).
The schedule of activities has been prepared as follows:
April 2016 Training in better production techniques by the Agriculture Delegation
May 2016 Purchase of equipment and inputs and tillage plots
June-August 2016 sowing, fertilizing and maintenance of plots
September 2016 to January 2017 Harvest and sale of production
THE PATH TO SUCCESS …
The main factors necessary for the success of this project financing, the support of the Delegation of Agriculture and collaboration of various partners and beneficiaries involved. We already had the support agreement by the Agriculture Delegation. The partial grant received we will be paid in April 2016. On the other hand we communicate regularly with the community of beneficiaries and partners. We remain confident that things will go better in the futures days and that the project will be a great success. The following tangible results will allow us to assess the success of our operation:
- Doubling revenues of more than 250 members of the beneficiary community
- additional production of 35 tons of shelled peanuts
- Reduction of a quarter of the retail price of a cup of peanuts on neighboring markets
- small commercial multiplication and other income generating activities around the site
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