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Agroecology at the heart of a debate among stakeholders in the Sahelian zone of Cameroon

Representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock, civil society, technical and financial partners, and decentralized local authorities from the northern regions met in Maroua on Wednesday morning.

« The Sahelian zone of Cameroon is an ecologically fragile zone», noted Bouba, head of the SAILD branch in Maroua, at the start of the meeting. This agro-ecological zone, which covers the Far North, North and part of Adamaoua regions, is facing major difficulties linked to climate change, which is having a negative impact on farming activities. This situation calls for the adaptation of farming systems. To improve farming systems in the Sahelian zone, agroecology appears to be a reliable solution. How can agroecology be adopted? What concrete actions should be taken? How can we overcome the challenges and constraints? These are some of the questions facing the thirty or so participants at the workshop on agroecology in the Sahelian zone.

Over the course of a full day, development players contributed to the debate on relevant actions to be taken to promote agroecology in the Sahel zone. To provide a basis for exchanges between participants, SAILD presented an overview of agroecology in the northern hemisphere. The presentation highlighted the constraints and challenges of agroecology in Cameroon’s Sahelian zone. “Access to land and water management remain the greatest constraints to the development of agroecology in the septentrion,” reaffirmed the MINADER representative.

The meeting was organized as part of the “Agroecology for strengthening the food and nutritional security of small-scale farming families in the East and Far North regions of Cameroon” project, funded by the German NGO Bread for the World. One of the main actions identified during the meeting was the need to set up a permanent framework for reflection on agroecology between players in the Sahelian zone. The participants therefore resolved to meet again very soon to put the workshop’s recommendations into practice.

rodrigue.kouang@saild.org

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