Supporting Mbororo farmers in rural Cameroon
We are working with our local partner organisation, CERUT, to deliver a one year project to support 227 indigenous Mbororo farmers in the Muanenguba mountain villages, by building their capacity in the effective production of potatoes and vegetables.
Increasing incomes through training and team work
There are over 250 indigenous and ethnic groups living in Cameroon, such as The Mbororo population, that’s estimated to number over 1 million people (IWGIA, 2017) – making up approximately 5% of the population. There are limited statistics on the Mbororo but it’s thought that many earn less than $1 a day.
The Mbororo are pastoralists; men and male children are predominantly cattle rearers and they travel long distances during the dry season in search of greener pastures, leaving their wives and dependents to fend for themselves. Life is increasingly difficult for them due to their remote geographic locations, low literacy levels and marginalisation.
As part of our project, we will support 227 indigenous Mbororo farmers with training in specific agricultural techniques combined with how to add value to produce and engage in the market. This will enable them to transition from subsistence farming to farming as a business.
Three groups will be supported to increase income potential through bulk sale of produce, increased ability to negotiate, greater bargaining power and mutual support. Leaders from each group will be trained in group dynamics, leadership and record keeping to ensure they can effectively manage themselves in the long term.
Our project will increase the quality of life for farmers and their families as a result of increased income and ability to, for example, pay school fees and medical bills and procure basic household items.