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SURUDEV 2018-06-19T11:08:26+00:00

Sustaining livelihoods of poor rural  widows

Sustainable Run For Development (SURUDEV)

Bongom village, North-West highlands of Bamenda, Cameroon

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Ongoing slash and burn agriculture, coupled with the extensive application of chemical fertilizers, has degraded and eroded the soil. Erratic, declining yields have jeopardised the community’s food and nutritional security.

SURUDEV mobilized project participants initially through contributions to individuals and later to the overall project itself with $1000 to train women and teenage girls on bio-demonstration farms. Participants learn to restore soil health and make money through improved farming techniques, e.g. organic cultivation, composting, and making green manure from agroforestry tree leaves.

Impact

Thanks to training at SURUDEV’s bio-demonstration farm, many farmers are already practising and enjoying the benefits of organic agriculture. One farmer said, “I learned the process of making organic manure, insecticides and how and when to use it during the training programmes organised by SURUDEV. I cultivated several vegetables as mixed-cropping and intercropping in the bio-demonstration plot and used only organic manures like dried cow dung, and applied residues of previous harvest crops as mulching. The yield was really bumper.”

What’s next

SURUDEV plans to further develop its training centre and construct a local demonstration centre with local resources and labour.

Summary

Train women and teenage girls on bio-demonstration farms. Participants learn to restore soil health and make money through improved farming techniques, e.g. organic cultivation, composting, and making green manure from agroforestry tree leaves.