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Eastern Cameroon: SAILD trains 109 farmers in Agroecology

Farmers from the villages of Tête d’Eléphant, Liguim and Lom 1 received ten days training in sustainable farming techniques.

From April 23 to May 02, 2024, 109 people (33, 21 and 55 respectively) from the Liguim, tête éléphant and Lom1 villages in the Lom-et-Djerem department of the East Cameroon have benefited from training in agroecological production techniques.

The participants, 47% of whom were young people, 35% women and 18% men, received theoretical and practical training in five modules: soil preparation; agroforestry production; management of cultivable plots; plant maintenance and pest control techniques.

Over the course of ten days, the trainees learned how to create permanent ridges and crop associations, how to make a biofertilizer from household waste, and how to make a biological insect repellent from chili peppers. However, they are responsible for replicating the techniques acquired during this training seminar on their respective farms.

Substantial equipment support

These beneficiaries, including farmers who had abandoned their farms in the PNDD and set up new ones outside the PNDD, where they will now produce sustainably, also received support in the form of agricultural equipment and seeds.

In all three villages, 104 people benefited from the seeds and agricultural equipment needed to implement the agroecological techniques learned during the theoretical training. These included 30 backpack sprayers, 60 machetes, 120 hoes, 60 daba, 60 tridents, 60 files, 60 pairs of boots and 50 hoe handles. Seeds included 300 kg of maize, 100 kg of soybeans, 100 kg of beans, 15 kg of pigeon pea and 5,000 cassava cuttings.

The participants were unanimous in expressing their satisfaction with the new knowledge and the support in terms of agricultural equipment and seeds they had received. They will now be able to increase their income by cultivating small areas without having to clear large areas in the park, let alone in the village.

The project, which aims to introduce sustainable farming techniques in the targeted villages, is part of the “Optimizing conservation of Deng Deng National Park by strengthening the capacities of local communities in agroecological practices” project (OC-Deng Deng) funded by IUCN through the BIOPAMA action fund.


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