Information about the applicant
I am a Cameroonian, born on the 08/08/1979 in Banso-Bui Division of the North West Region. I am a trainer in sustainable agriculture. I empower farmers by training and teaching best farming practices for sustainable growing while building business and commerce in the region. My purpose is to develop farming systems that are productive, profitable, conserve energy, are environmentally sound, create healthy mineral packed produce, conserve natural resources, which that ensure food safety and quality.
I am proposing and teaching ways to improve harvest yields, crop quality, and plant uniformity. Additionally I am working to save water, reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, and improve the livelihood of farmers and their farms. I do carry out research on the impacts of climate change on community members targeting farmers, students, women as well as community youth groups; including indigenous people especially the Mbororo Fulani Pastoralist. I promote the creation of community and school environmental clubs to sensitize people on the impacts of climate change. I also distribute and plant trees in school compounds and government and private structures and organizations.
I train farmers on land conservation techniques including agro-forestry, organic farming, alliance farming and pasture improvement
The overall food security situation in Cameroon has sharply deteriorated in 2015 due to multiple shocks, including the influx of refugees from the CAR and Nigeria, increasing civil insecurity and natural hazards. In September 2015, the number of food insecure people was estimated at 1.27 million, 18 percent up from January 2015 and more than three times higher than two years earlier. An estimated 75 percent of IDPs have engaged in “crisis” and “urgency” strategies such as the reduction of non-food essential expenses, sale of productive assets and begging
Irregular and poor rainfall in recent years has led to a reduction of 40 percent of planted areas in Cameroon. Land degradation in advanced stages is occurring across many areas of Cameroon. Food insecurity is chronic in the Sudano-Sahelian zone as well as in the Western zone, a phenomenon closely intertwined with unsustainable utilization of the land. Young farmers in Cameroon and Bamenda city in particular are seeking ways to improve their harvest yields, crop quality, and plant uniformity. Additionally they seek to save water, reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, and improve their largest investment, their family and farm.
Community based food security project has as its goal to empower farmers by training and teaching best farming practices for sustainable growing while building business and commerce in the region. It aims to promote sustainable economic growth in undeveloped areas based on reconciling the strategic objectives of wealth creation, food security, and fight against unemployment, improving living conditions of population.
The purpose of this project is to develop farming systems that are productive, profitable, conserve energy, are environmentally sound, create healthy mineral packed produce, conserve natural resources, which that ensure food safety and quality. I seek to build sustainable soils, commerce, and trade with woman farmers while creating business opportunities and jobs to the female residents of the country and region. Using this model to enhance the lives of women and empowering them to create food, income, credit and a business.
Activity 1.1: create, organize and re-structure youth farming groups in Bamenda city. 40 youth common initiative/farming groups are identified and transformed into at least 4 legalized cooperatives.
Activity 1.2: Sensitization on extreme weather patterns and climate variability, increasing temperatures, food insecurity in youth common initiative groups/farming groups. At least 3,000 (1,000 of women, 1,000 of men, 500 of boys, 500 of girls) attend sensitizations on knowing how to adapt and mitigate climate change. At least 20 sensitization sessions are held in youth common initiative/farming groups.1, 000 rich pictures (posters) are produced and distributed. 01 radio program is created known as Climate Hour and runs twice a month.
Activity 1.3: Train climate monitors.01 (02days) workshop is organized for 40climate monitors on interpretation of climate forecast and collection of local data on weather patterns.
Activity 1.4: Putting in place climate centers.02 climate Centers (01 per sub division) is created. These centers will access climate forecast information and disseminate them through short mobile phone text messages to youth farming group leaders for dissemination to group members, broadcast it through local radio stations during climate hour. Traditional and scientific climate forecast will be discussed and actions promoted. At least 3000farmers receive short mobile phone text messages
Activity 1.5: Demonstration plot on drought tolerant crop varieties.02 demonstration plot on drought tolerant legumes and cereals will be established in each of the subdivision. Local and improved seed varieties available in the markets will be research on and high yielding varieties will be propagated for youth farmers. Based on the research youth farmers will make a choice on with variety to plant to increase yields and farm incomes. The goal is to compare the performance of the crop varieties for small holder farmers’ adaptability in the face of climate change.Experimental Design A 2 x 3 x 3 factorial experiment will be carried out using a Split plot Design arranged in a Completely Randomized Block Design (CRBD) with 3 blocks and 3 replications per subplot (treatment). Research question which crop varieties are suitable for youth farmers facing climate change?
Activity 1.6: Workshop for youth farming groups on market gardening. 40Youth farming group leaders with the ability to understand and transfer knowledge to peers in a simple manner from Bamenda city will be identified and invited to take part in 03days training on market gardening. These youth farming group leaders will be trained on building soils especially compost production, garden establishment and management, integrated pest management and market research for the distribution of their products
Activity 1.7: Establishment of youth group gardens. At least 05 youth group gardens are established. Each youth group garden constitute 1/4hectare made up of vegetables such as huckkle berry, carrots, persie, celerie, carrbages, tomatoes, green beans.
Project Budget: $5000
|Activity||Amount in $|
|Identification of group||100|
|Sensitization on climate change||200|
|Establishment of gardens||1700|
Time frame : April 2016 to March 2017
Blogpost and picture submitted by Keghah Roger Nuah (Cameroon) – keghahroger[at]rocketmail.com
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