No. 81B Let’s not let them down!
By Tiiu Miller | Ultimas Noticias No. 81D June 2017

Let’s not let them down!

We are crowd funding, in association with Global Music Exchange (www.1heart.org) to take Inga alley cropping to the Baka (pygmies) of SW Cameroon.

Thank you very much to all who have pledged to support the crowd funding. We are off to a good start with 20 supporters to date. Good start, now we must continue it.

If you haven’t pledged already, please do go to

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rainforest-saving-farming-for-the-baka

and make a pledge.

Rainforest Saver aims to spread the good, sustainable, new farming method of Inga alley cropping all over Cameroon (and other places). We now have a small presence in the West and South of the rainforest areas of Cameroon in the places approximately indicated by the black dots on the map below, but nothing in the region of the blue dots.

 

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Inga farms have been started where the black dots are, but not where the blue dots are. The Baka training would be at Lakabo, but include people from a much wider area.

 

The crowd funding is to enable us to extend the Cameroon Inga Project to the East, with a training and demonstration for the Baka at Lakabo, but taking in people from Abong Mbang and representatives from as far as Moloundou.

 

Once the Inga alley cropping is successfully established among the Baka we expect that it will spread to other communities in the surrounding areas too.

 

 

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Baka children. Photo Martin Cradick.

 

The Baka are among the most marginalised people on the planet. They are being forced out of their forest home into roadside villages where they face extreme poverty, discrimination and exploitation. 

 

1 in 5 of Baka children die before the age of 5.

 

There is much degraded land where they now live that could be re-fertilised with Inga. The Baka have always done some farming (slash and burn), and now need to do more but do it sustainably.

 

They contacted our Cameroon partner, Gaston Bityo, and he visited them in March. He took them 50 Inga seedlings that were planted at the school at Lakabo. The school was built with help from Andi Main and Global Music Exchange.  We have since provided them with funds to start two Inga nurseries, taking advantage of a local Inga tree for seeds. They need Gaston to go back there and ensure that they proceed correctly.

 

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Going to the school garden at Lakabo to plant the Inga seedlings Gaston brought them.

 

Before leaving Gaston visited the government representative for agriculture in the region and explained to him why they came to Abong Mbang. Gaston says ‘He really appreciated the Inga project and asked us to do everything at our possible to make this project a reality in Abong Mbang.’

 

Gaston wrote after that first visit that the Baka‘need to have confidence in you before they accept to work with you. And to have confidence in you they must see you several times. They behave like this because many people go to see them and promise them things that they are unable to realize.’

 

They are expecting Gaston to go back and give them proper training.

 

Let us show them that there are people in the outside world who do care about them, who will go back, who will not let them down. Please make a pledge at

 

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rainforest-saving-farming-for-the-baka

 

                             THANK YOU VERY MUCH