Published on February 19, 2014
From a field demonstration plot to an Integrated Resource and Agricultural Tourism Centre: The case of Twantoh Mixed Farming Common Initiative Group (MIFACIG) BELO-NWR-CAMEROON www.mifacig.0rg KUH Emmanuel Centre Coordinator
RATIONALE Problems affecting yields resulting from poor soil fertility Inadequate information and techniques to improve on the situation Absence of livelihood activities to act as a driving force to motivation.
OBJECTIVES To demonstrate the potentials for transforming a diversified agroforestry demonstration plot into a resource center to act as a relay organisation to foster the training of farmers, extension agents and students in adoption of agroforestry technologies, and practices.
GETTING STARTED Emmanuel KUH from 1993... Graduate of Agric School Owner of a home garden and ‘small’ tree nursery Self employed member of a nameless group of six
HOW DID WE GO ABOUT IT? Adequate production infrastructure Plant production units Modern DISPLAY FOR PLANTS HOUSE UNDER SPACIOUSapiary Non mist propagator RapidGOAT plantain multiplication CONSTRUCTION Piggery with 50 cuttings bee (rooting of propagator hives Giant propagators for rehabilitation of plant marcots
HOW DID WE GO ABOUT IT? Adequate training and lodging facilities Guest house with hall-farmer-to-farmer approach Conference single and double Multi-strata demonstration plot Double bed rooms rooms and organic garden Suit with a living room incorporated with a medicinal plant garden Outdoor classrooms for small training groups and canteen for refreshment.
Achievements Creation of satellite nurseries/diversifying production With production capacity of more than 10 000 plants of marcots and grafted plants
AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE • Lifetime magazine award Dr. Ebenezer Asaah (ICRAF-Cameroon, presenting Award to Emmanuel Kuh (in white)
Challenges • Farmers’ needs and constraints • Inadequate capital, Redundancy in the adoption of modern bee farming techniques, • Inefficient marketing strategies and processing techniques • Absence of a strong marketing network lurks in the honey business •
Challenges MIFACIG Challenges Insufficient income: not enough to provide free trainings to farmers and to compensate the staff adequately. Insufficient material to provide proper training and pedagogic tools for trainers. Insufficient means of communication and distribution of services in far off communities.
Conclusion Such scheme is not solely dependent on money. Commitment, honesty and vision focused are guiding principle to a success story Nowadays, farmers capitalise on financial aspect of community projects and rely on external inputs with little or no internal inputs. Nonetheless, the financial aspect facilitates the realisation of a vision. Multiplier effect demonstrated by dedication with little financial support at the initial stage shows that MIFACIG resource centre can do better with more support from scaling up partners.
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