This is the result of discussions at a one-day workshop on agroecology held yesterday in the East Cameroon region.
Some twenty people representing NGOs, decentralized departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, farmers’ organizations, the regional council, town halls and traditional chieftaincies in the East region took part in a brainstorming session on agroecology in the forest zone. At the start of the meeting on June 20, 2023 in Bertoua, the regional agricultural delegate for the East region pointed out that one of the main difficulties facing producers in the region was the decline in soil fertility due to agricultural practices such as shifting cultivation over burnt land. Agroecology provides an answer to this problem through sustainable practices, as participants recognized at the end of the presentation of farmers’ experiences by two producers supported by SAILD in the villages of Mbeth and Mboulaye 1. Thanks to agroecological practices involving soil amendment with legumes such as pigeon pea and soya, I have been able to improve the fertility of part of my field on which I was no longer cultivating. Today, my cassava cuttings are strong and I’m sure of a good harvest,” says Maman Thérèse from the village of Mbeth..
The main presentation focused on the current state of agro-ecology in the forest zone, followed by group work. At the end of the group work, several recommendations aimed at improving the promotion of agroecology in the forest zone, and specifically in the East, were identified, including the setting up of a technical working group of agroecology players and the training of managers from communes in the East in the concept of agroecology. This articulation marked the end of the workshop organized by SAILD as part of the agroecology project to strengthen food and nutritional security for small-scale farming families in the East and Far North regions of Cameroon. This project, supported by the German organization Bread for the World, has been running since 2021..