Cameroon

Cameroon
Cameroon

Official Name: Republic of Cameroon
Capital: Yaounde
Independence Day: 1 January 1960
Currency: CFA franc (XAF)

Key Results

  • More than 1,500 youth benefitted from youth employment opportunities in the agriculture sector in Benin, Cameroon and Niger.
  • 2,000 women in the Manyu department of the Southwest Province benefitted from commercialised of cultivation of Eru plant, a valued non-timber forest product for food. The women were trained on how to cultivate cuttings and seedlings; on the sustainable resource management of Eru farms; on harvesting techniques and in commercial production. Four pilot farms were set up, 50,000 seedlings planted and a “best practice” booklet produced and distributed to the communities. Modern equipment for processing the crop was supplied and agricultural extension workers have been trained in its use. Eru cultivation has resulted in its domestication and considerable reduction of poverty within the communities.
  • A financing facility has been set up in five pilot countries including Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia to support innovative vocational training initiatives.
  • Cameroon has domesticated an adapted version of the African Union Model on Medical Products with the aim to improve access to quality and safe drugs and to fight the circulation of fake medical products in the country.
  • The continental target is to restore 100 Million hectares. 85 Million hectares of land on the continent have been committed for restoration through the application of the restoration opportunities assessment methodology by 2030. To-date, Cameroon has committed 15 million ha.
  • Cameroon signed the CAADP Compact in 2013 committing to prioritise agricultural development and transformation. Since then, smallholder farmers were taught to use cell phones to get real time market price data which enabled the farmers to receive information relating to planting seasons, when to apply fertilisers and how to bargain with buyers. An outline of a trade certification scheme for Shrimp was also developed which will be tested in various aquaculture products. The scheme will pilot the African Eco Labelling Mechanism Eco Mark, developed by the African Regional Standard Office (ARSO). Cooling facilities were donated to six fishing villages to facilitate post-harvest preservation of fish.