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Agricultural Development

The farming method largely practiced in Mbaw is subsistence, with very little mechanization just like other rural communities in Cameroon. Barely less than 10% of the indigenous and migrant population of this community live on 1.5 dollars per day. Farming is with crude tools, improved planting seeds are not available, processing is poor, training is lacking and access to better markets for farmers’ produce is poor. In a bid to improve the productivity chain, we have conceived the following training project:

Youth unemployment is the community development challenge this action is addressing. According to the sample survey conducted by this organisation in October 2015 in the project area (Mbaw Plain), only 7.76% unemployed youths have undertaken a form of agricultural training. Government statistics on youth unemployment rate is very staggering (ranging from 15 to 40%) since it is marred by political influence. One of the causes of high youth unemployment is lack of appropriate private investments and an under appreciation of the role of entrepreneurs.

In addition, the quality of formal training in Cameroon’s educational institutions is relatively poor and not always career orientated and does not develop the skills and knowledge to raise people’s ability to start new enterprises and develop community based initiatives. In Cameroon, the population below poverty line is 72.0%, and 9.6% of the population’s PPP is $1.25/day, Human Development Report (HDR 2013). However, agriculture is Cameroon’s second highest GDP earner next to mines employing 61.3% of the rural population. But the sector has lots of setback and barriers to production including: inadequate specialised education and training, poor access to micro-credit/loans and low levels (<5%) of mechanization.

There are few formal agricultural vocational apprenticeship programmes to persuade youths to take up farming as a profession. It is for this reason that the Rural Development College is being created to provide specialized vocational training needs in agricultural entrepreneurship to a community of over 350,000 inhabitants. The objective of setting-up this training institution is to reduce poverty by providing youths in this community with skills for life to make them productive. RDC will offer inclusive training programmes for men/women across the community and society ranging from 6-month short courses to 2-years long courses in agricultural entrepreneurship. We have secured 12.00-hectares of land in Nwanti Village – Mbaw Plain to construct structures and facilities and 100-hectares of land for trainee field demonstration. Behind each of the success stories of rural entrepreneurship, there is usually some sort of institutional support. Its is for this reason that we are appealing for donor support to implement this action that has an overwhelming endorsement of 96.7% by the unemployed Mbaw youths.

RURAL WATER SUPPLY

We are carrying out community water supply planning activities for all the villages in Mbaw to provide them with clean drinking water. Feasibility studies have been completed for the following water supply scheme(s).

  • Nwanti Water Suppply Project
  • Nwanti is a village with GPS location as follows: 32N0727649, UTM0698303 and 779m and the settlement is linear and dispersed. The 2011 projected total population is 3049 inhabitants of which 959 are females, 904 are males and 1186 are children and youths. Underground water in Mbaw plain possess high calcium levels (the Cameroon Red Cross society 1999 to 2004), while treating wells constructed for Nigerian refugees settlements. Owing to the calcareous nature of the bedrock, the water possess brown colour with taste indicating a high level of pH, making it unsuitable for human consumption. We have as result collected data and have monitored spring water sources from the surrounding montane forests over 3-years (2007 to 2009). It was discovered that reliable spring sources with limited flow yields are found in some of the montane forests. The pH level is on the hills is low, though most have been badly affected by deforestation for farming purpose. For this reason, gravity system of water supply is considered as the most appropriate for Mbaw community given the fact that supply by borehole or well will not meet the quality and demand. Our aim is to reduce the incidence of water-related diseases rampant here including: dysentery, filariasis (lymphatic), diarrhoea, typhoid, schistisiomiasis, acaris etc; to improve their health. Several water sources have been studied, most of which just trickle with a flow yield of <0.25 litres/second during the peak period of the dryseason. This cannot meet the per capita water demand of 30litres/person/day with a total water demand of 91.47m3/day by the population. Nwanti village water supply can only therefore be caught from the surface water situated 5.7km from the village. This proposal consist of the construction of: the surface catchment dam, water treatment facilities, 60m3 storage tank, collection chamber of 1.75m x 1.30m x 2.20m, inspection chamber of 2.50m x 1.40m x 2.25m, 14 stand taps, 14 soakaway pits of 1.5m x 1.5m x 1.5m and 2 control valve chambers of 110cm x 90cm x 100cm. The structures shall be constructed in stonework and reinforced concrete. The total pipeline in PVC diameter 90mm, 63mm, 50mm and 32mm and Galvanized pipes is 9,850m. Funding is still being sought and we shall be grateful to forward the draft concept to any donor willing to assist this community.

National Community-Driven Development Programme

The National Community Driven Development (PNDP) is a state sponsored intervention aimed at supporting Municipal Councils over the National territory in planning and funding their projects. Since 2011, we have been carrying out rural infrastructure development feasibility studies for PNDP micro-projects in the North West Regional Unit, Bamenda. We are engaged with Bafut, Ndop, Nkum and Nwa Councils in carrying out feasibility studies on water supplies, schools and rural roads. These projects are executed by contractors through a tender process launched by the National Tender Board.

  • Bafut Municipal Council Micro-Projects
  • Micro-project feasibility studies for Bafut Council comprised of the following infrastructures;
    Construction of Njinteh Health Centre
    Construction and equipping classrooms in Government Secondary School (GSS) Agyati;
    Construction and equipping classrooms in Government Primary School(GS) Otang;
    Construction of ventilated improved toilets for GSS Agyati and GS Otang;
    Construction of 10m span Bridge in Obang;
    Provision of clean drinking water by borehole and a well for GSS Agyati and GS Otang respectively and Ndung Giant Water supply.

  • Ndop Municipal Council Micro-Projects
  • Carried out feasibility study for Ndop Municipal Council on the rural road linking Mbangere to Mbashie in Bambalang community. The project consists of re-alignment, placement of culverts, road surfacing, grading and lateriting. The objective was to facilitate market gardening and fishing highly practiced by vulnerable people in this community.

  • Nkum Municipal Council Micro-Projects
  • Worked for Nkum Council in studying the following micro-projects:
    Yang-Kitari water supply rehabilitation;
    Takui Water Supply;
    Construction and equipping classrooms in Government Primary School (GS) Saan;
    Construction and equipping classrooms in Government Nursery School(GNS) Mbabu–Nseh;
    Construction of ventilated improved toilets for GS Saan and GNS Mbabu–Nseh;
    Provision of clean drinking water by extension of water from the water mains to GNS Mbabu–Nseh and the construction of well in GS Saan respectively.

  • Nwa Municipal Council Micro-Projects
  • We are currently carrying out the following micro-projects feasibility studies for Nwa Council:
    Ngu giant water supply project (covering Ngu, Nguri, Mbiripka and Nking villages);
    Construction and equipping classrooms in Government Primary School (GS) Mashie–Lus;
    Construction and equipping classrooms in Government Primary School (GS) Tum–Ntim;
    Construction of ventilated improved toilets for GS Mashie – Lus and GS Tum–Ntim;
    Provision of clean drinking water by well in GS Mashie – Lus and a borehole in GS Tum–Ntim respectively.

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