Cameroon

About the Prolinnova–Cameroon Country Platform

ProlinnovaCameroon started in March 2011, when the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) approved an application from the then newly formed multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee (NSC) in the country. This Country Platform (CP) seeks to develop Cameroonian agriculture by integrating endogenous solutions into rural development policies and strategies. It is putting in place a framework for spreading local innovations and for continuous cooperation between smallholders, agricultural advisors and research scientists in research and development. Its activities include identifying local innovations and innovation processes, giving training in participatory innovation development (PID), facilitating PID, organising exchange of PID experiences and spreading the results in various forms. Funding for the activities has been sought primarily in-country (e.g. among the member organisations and from donors operating at national or sub-national level) as well as from international donors. Since August 2016, it is one of the five African CPs involved in the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project funded through Misereor / Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. (Catholic Agency for Development Aid / KZE).

Each member organisation of the NSC is working with farming communities, including farmer innovators. These organisations are:

  • COSADER (NGO Collective for Rural Development and Food Security), an NGO concerned with rural development;
  • CRAFEJE (Cercle de Recherche et d’Appui à l’Entreprenariat des Femmes et des Jeunes), an NGO working with women and youth in research and training;
  • ODECO (Organisation de Développement d’Etude et de Formation et de Conseil), an NGO that focuses on environmental protection and the marketing of agricultural products;
  • AIDER (Association des Ingénieurs du Développement Rural), a CSO of professionals in rural development, involved especially in strengthening the capacities of smallholders;
  • IRAD (National Institute for Agricultural Research and Development), which is part of the Cameroonian Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation; and
  • CAPEF (Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Forests), an organisation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The overall coordinator of Prolinnova–Cameroon is Ms Christine Andela of COSADER; the day-to-day activities are managed by Jean Bosco Etoa. Plans are underway for expansion of the platform to include other members.

ProlinnovaCameroon National Steering Committee

1. Alain Beko'o Abondo, CAPEF (Chambre d’Agriculture, des Pêches, de l’Elevage et des Forêts / Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Forests) – NSC Chair (alternate from CAPEF: Lucien Essomba)

2. Amougou Constant, IRAD (Institut de Recherche Agricole pour le Développement / Institute of Agricultural Research for Development)

3. (Ms) Christine Andela, COSADER (Collectif des Organisations pour la Sécurité Alimentaire et le Développement Rural/ Coalition of Organisations for Food Security and Development)

4. (Ms) Gertrude Ngo Bahoya, CRAFEJ (Cercle de Recherche et d’Appui à l’Entreprenariat des Femmes et des Jeunes / Circle of Research and Support to Women and Youth Entrepreneurship)

5. Roger Mongono, AIDER (Association des Ingénieurs du Développement Rural / Association of Rural Development Engineers)

6. Serge Ayangma Ndemey, GIC-APINK (Groupe d’Initiative Commune des Apiculteurs de Nkometou / Common Initiative Group of Beekeepers of Nkometou)

7. (Ms) Sylvie Mbog, ODECO (Organisme de Développement, d’Étude, de Formation et de Conseils / Organisation for Development, Study, Training and Advisory Services)

Ex-officio member: Jean Bosco Etoa, COSADER (etoa_ngbwa@hotmail.com) – programme coordinator

Appropriate Technology magazine features Cameroonian Farmer Innovation Fair

The September 2021 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine (Vol. 48, No. 3) brings a 2-page article "First innovation fair celebrates farmer ingenuity in Cameroon" written by Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane, Prolinnova's Subregional Coordinator in West & Central Afrca, and Jean-Bosco Etoa, Prolinnova-Cameroon coordinator. The article highlights the awards given during the fair to young people - male and female - for their innovations in food processing.

First Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon



Cameroon Farmer Innovation Fair prize winners (Photo: Jeanne Sikangwa)

Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon, 27–29 May 2021

Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon (FIPAC)

News about FIPAC broadcast on national television CRTV in English

See the programme (in French) !

The Prolinnova community of practice and its partners in Prolinnova–Cameroon are holding a Farmer Innovation Fair in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 27–29 May 2021. This event brings together stakeholders in agricultural research and development (ARD) to learn about and contribute to promoting processes of local innovation and farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID) in agriculture and natural resource management. It is presented in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture in Cameroon.

The main aims of the fair (FIPAC as French acronym) are: 

Annonce de la Foire d’Innovation Paysanne au Cameroun / Announcing Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon (FIPAC)

Farmer-to-farmer sharing about local experimentation with palm tree seeds (Photo: Amina Bwebeyuou)

 

Annonce de la Foire d’Innovation Paysanne au Cameroun

Activities of Prolinnova–Cameroon in 2019

Le rapport annuel de Prolinnova-Cameroun pour l'année 2019 présente ses principales activités en matière d'identification et de documentation des innovations locales, de documentation de l'expérimentation conjointe menée par les agriculteurs et de mise en réseau, y compris la planification d'un foire de l'innovation paysanne au Cameroun en 2020.

Proli-FaNS in Cameroon: Year 3 report

The Prolinnova-Cameroon coordinator Jean Bosco Etoa reports on activities in Year 3 (2018-19) of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project funded by Misereor/KZE. Farmers and staff from NGOs and institutions of higher education in Cameroon have been collaborating in ways that help develop the innovative capacities of rural men and women to improve their farming and nutrition of their families. Several local innovations and cases of farmer-led joint experimentation, e.g. in beekeeping, snail farming and multiplying shallot for planting are briefly described. The 10-page report can be found here.

Documentation of local innovation & PID in Cameroon

As part of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security), Prolinnova–Cameroon has documented (in French) several cases of local innovation and farmer-led joint experimentation:

1.     Utilisation du kanwa pour réduire l’amertume du chocolat: description de l’innovation locale

2.     Utilisation du kanwa pour réduire l’amertume du chocolat: description du développement participatif de l’innovation

3.     Multiplication locale des colonies d'abeilles

Serge Ayangma, beginning the process of multiplying bee colonies

In the framework of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security) project, partners in Cameroon have identified several local innovations by women and men. A process of farmer-led joint experimentation with other actors in research and development is being carried out on selected innovations. Here is an example of an innovation by a beekeeper, Serge Ayangma, who is shown below starting up the process of dividing and multiplying bee colonies.  

Photos: Ulrich Gérard Kayou

 

Piler le maïs germé

In the framework of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security) project, partners in Cameroon have identified several local innovations by women and men. A process of farmer-led joint experimentation with other actors in research and development is being carried out on selected innovations. Here is an example of a woman's innovation related to making beverages from maize.    

 

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