Cameroon like many African countries south of the Sahara is blessed with rich agricultural potentials. Unfortunately these potentials remain largely untapped and majority of poor peasant farmers face challenges like lack of farm inputs, poor road networks, limited information on farming techniques and limited financial support. Agriculture has been significantly interrupted by humanitarian crises in the NWSW, Far North and East regions of Cameroon.
To contribute to increasing food security and ending hunger amongst poor peasant farmers by training them on sustainable agriculture and supporting them with micro-credit and materials to set up their farms
- SHUMAS intervenes through training of peasant farmers and out of school unemployed youths at her Integrated Organic Demonstration and Production Centre (BIOFARM)
- Developing urban and peri-urban agriculture
- Insertion of trainees through provision of startup capital and materials
- Training of IDP household heads on livestock production and market gardening and providing them with startup materials
- Over 14000 poor peasant farmers have undergone training at the BIOFARM.
- Over 60% of the trainees have received support from SHUMAS to enable them set up their own farms.
- SHUMAS has provided labour saving and post-harvest facilities to 40 poor peasant farming groups.
- SHUMAS has establish and integrated organic farming, training and demonstration center in Kumbo, Bui Division with 8 training units( Livestock, crops/vegetables. food processing, feed production. seed multiplication, agro forestry, farm machinery and renewable energy).
- 300 IDP household heads (300 women and 30 men) living in the townships/IDP sites have been trained on livestock and market gardening and provided with startup materials for their production process.
- Insufficient funds to help in the insertion of trainees and the many IDPs seeking help for agricultural productions.
- Given the fact that the training is pro poor, funds are insufficient to get materials as majority of the trainees cannot afford to pay their registration fee.
Training of poor peasant farmers and unemployed youths continues while SHUMAS keep on outsourcing ways to get more funding to meet up with the afore mention challenges.