Comité Diocésain des Activités Sociales et Caritatives in Batouri (CODASC Batouri), Comité Diocésain de Développement (CDD) in Maroua, Social Welfare Caritas (SWC), Kumbo, APRODER in Njombé and Dizangué, Via Don Bosco
Family Farm Schools – Realized by Marine de Penfentenyo – © 2012.
In my village of Kossehone, I started to apply the techniques I had learned at the FFS in my father’s field (compost, organic soil improvers), and we have practically doubled last year’s corn harvest! I also started a business selling natural pesticides and herbicides at the local market and even as far as Nigeria.”
2nd year student at the FFS in Mokolo (Cameroon)
Agricultural training in Cameroon
The Agricultural Training program (AF) has been implemented in Cameroon since 1992 by the IECD and CNEFAC. The 20 Agricultural Training Centres and the 2 Institutes for Training in Rural Entrepreneurship (IFER) of the network offer dual-apprenticeship training to young rural people, so that they can seize the opportunities of their regions by developing small agricultural enterprises.
The year 2019 was marked by the extension of the implementation of the agricultural CAP recognized by the Cameroonian Ministry of Secondary Education in the Rural Entrepreneurship Training Institutes (IFER) of Koza and Dizangué. The main challenge is to adapt this reference framework to the pedagogy of dual-apprenticeship training, in order to maintain a consistent place for practice.
A COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY PRACTICES
In order to encourage sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices, a new theme has been introduced into the training course in Cameroon: agroecology. The content is in the process of being drawn up. Training was implemented for all the trainers during the national seminar in Yaoundé in July 2017. Thus, at the start of the school year in 2017, the students studied various subjects such as the sustainable management of natural resources, the impact of humans on the environment, the integrated fight against disease and pests, and sustainable farming techniques (preparation of biopesticides, use of green fertilizers, etc.). This new theme is being tested in schools in Cameroon and, ultimately, will be rolled out to all the countries. To support this dynamic, partnerships were also formed with sustainable development stakeholders in each location, such as the Limbe Wildlife Center and GIC Evergreen. These partnerships help to support the appropriation of agroecological practices by the young people, their trainers and their entourage.
- 389 young people attended agricultural training courses
- 75% of graduates are in employment
- 33 trainers received training during the year
- The students’ families are improving their standard of living by increasing their income thanks to the new methods and technical skills acquired by their children;
- The students’ current and future employees (enterprises, cooperatives, etc.) benefit from their employees’ technical and management qualifications.