LOCATION

Cameroon
Countrywide

LOCAL PARTNERS

3 parishes (SWC Kumbo, CDD Maroua, Nkongsamba), 2 associations (ACOHOF and SAMACCOL), 2 federations (FEFAL and FEFAK) and 3 enterprises (SOCAPALM, SAFACAM, PHP)

PROJECT LAUNCH

1992

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.

JEAN KODJI

2nd year student at the FFS in Mokolo (Cameroon)

The Family Farm Schools in Cameroon

The Family Farm Schools Programme (FFS) has been implemented in Cameroon since 1992 by the IECD and the CNEFAC. The 20 FFS and 2 Training Institutes for Rural Entrepreneurship (IFER) from the network offer rural young people dual-apprenticeship training courses so that they are able to seize the opportunities offered in their region by developing small agricultural enterprises.

The agricultural vocational training situation has improved with the publication of CAP and agricultural baccalaureate syllabuses in 2016 by the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC). At the start of the 2018 school year, the IECD and its partners will open a CAP course in two schools (Dizangué and Koza). The first CAP will be presented in 2020.

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.

2017 results:

  • 571 young people trained in farming and breeding techniques (1 to 3-year course) in 2016-2017.
  • 688 agricultural entrepreneurs and parents trained in innovative farming techniques (1/2 to 1-day modular training)

Indirect beneficiaries:

  • 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.