Forest4 Farmers: Food Security and Wildlife Conservation in the Forest of NW-Cameroon

Cameroon's forest covers an area of around 22,523,732 hectares, which represents around 48% of the national territory. Most of this forest is in the Northwest Region with a population of approximately 2 million, of which 70% of the adult population are farmers.

Traditionally, the communities are dedicated to small-scale agriculture, growing plantain, cassava, bananas, cocoa, sugar cane, among other crops. Over time, some infrastructure and subsistence activities of the Chomba community have increased, fragmenting the natural forest, habitat of a great variety of wild species such as gorillas, generating conflicts and a great threat to their survival.

With your donation, you contribute to:

  1. Raise awareness and train 100 farmers in the community in techniques for food sovereignty crops and climate change (crop management and nutrition, livestock reconversion and agroforestry, among others).
  2. Implement an effective training of trainers approach within 3 new demonstration farms that will be managed by at least 10 empowered women.
  3. Afforestation and reforestation by planting at least 5,000 trees in the Northwest region, including 2,000 Prunus Africana trees, 1,000 non-timber trees, and 2,000 timber trees.

Social Impact

  • Safety in the production of healthy and organic food for the supply of the community.
  • Capacity building and training in sustainable agroecological practices.

Economic impact

  • Contributions to the family economy through the possible sale of food products, while the production of timber is being consolidated.

Environmental impacts

  • Recovery of degraded areas through the planting of native plants by 2024.
  • Generation of adaptation capacities of rural communities in the face of climate change.
  • Protection and conservation of the mountain gorilla
  • Carbon fixation in wood, contribution to the stabilization of climatic and soil conditions.

Collaborating team

Local environmental NGO CEPOW, a team that has started to establish a tree nursery and train farmers. In the coming years, an information and training center will be built to spread knowledge and raise awareness about sustainable land use among 100 farmers in the region, with a focus on women, children and youth.

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