BIDA

We are working with the Bajoh Indigenous Development Association (BIDA) to reduce the exploitation of local farmers when selling cocoa. It is envisaged that this will lead to increase household income and an increase in quality of life.

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BIDA - Bajoh Indigenous Development Association (BIDA)

Project summary

We are working with the Bajoh Indigenous Development Association (BIDA) to reduce the exploitation of local farmers when selling cocoa. It is envisaged that this will lead to increase household income and an increase in quality of life. The project will focus on strengthening the literacy skills of farmers, many of whom have very low literacy, in relation to farming processes to enable them to manage, market and sell cocoa effectively and at fair prices. It will also establish cooperatives for cocoa farmers to sell their products through. By selling their products through cooperatives farmers will benefit from economies of scale and will therefore get a better price for their cocoa. They will also become less prone to exploitation as they will be selling collectively rather than as individuals.

 

Why this project?

The South West Region suffers from drought in the dry season and, like much of rural Cameroon, is cut of and isolated in the wet season. These seasons at best, combine to trap villagers in a cycle of subsistence farming with little opportunity for education and skills training, and at worst, leave households facing starvation as a result of extreme floods or droughts. BIDA has implemented a number of projects in the area and has learnt that, along with environmental challenges, the most significant challenge facing the local Bajoh farmers is extremely low literacy levels and subsequent exploitation from buyers at market. Strengthening literacy alongside cooperative formation will empower these farmers and help to make them more resilient.

"Farming is such a crucial part of people's lives in this area, we are thrilled to be able to launch this project which will enhance, sustain and secure valuable skills that will help improve economic security and stability for the communities taking part." - Hannah Walters, Feed the Minds Programme Officer.