No.90 What has happened in Cameroon after the workshops in 2016?
By Tiiu Miller | Ultimas Noticias No. 90 October 2018

Welcome to the Rainforest Saver newsletter no. 90 October 2018.  What has happened in Cameroon after the workshops in 2016?

 

Remember the training workshops in Inga alley cropping that Gaston Bityo did in 2016*? Have you wondered what happened next? A great deal in fact, and the good work continues.

 

After the trainings Part 1. Promotion of Inga alley cropping to the villages in NW and SW Cameroon by Linus

 

Linus had worked with 6 villages when he last came to town and reported back a few months ago. There is no internet in these villages.  He is currently away to work with more villages. There is a lot more to introducing Inga to the farmers than telling them about it. This is not a quick fix. It is not enough to go and tell people what a wonderful system Inga alley cropping is, and then they all start planting Inga. They need to be shown how it works, provided with the means to do it – not just what is obvious like Inga seed, but even a few basic tools, and many will want to see the harvests for themselves before they will try something so very new to them.

 

So Linus has been establishing small Inga plots with farmers in the villages. Here is how he has proceeded.

 

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Crossing the river to get to one village, and a village meeting to tell them all about it.

 

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The ladies of the village starting to clear the plot for the nursery, and filling biodegradable plastic bags with soil for planting the seeds. The structure of the nursery is taking shape in the background.

 

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Nursery is complete, with palm leaf cover to protect the seeds/seedlings from hot sun and heavy rain. The first photo shows the just filled bags, and the seedlings are doing great in the second photo.

 

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Transporting the seedlings to the fields to be planted out.

 

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Planting out the seedlings: measuring the appropriate distances, marking them out with sticks, and rows of Inga seedlings planted out with alleys in between.

 

All photos are by and copyright of Linus.

 

Linus has got 13,120 seedlings planted out in these 6 villages, with 119 farmers. That is a pretty big achievement. It is not easy to get many farmers to try it initially, though when they have seen it in their neighbours’ plots we have certainly got interest. Also organizing this much planting takes a lot of effort. Linus trained people to assist him, both in the growing and planting of these Inga trees, and to supervise the farmers subsequently.

 

Linus has been approached by many more villages and is eager to continue this work.  He says there are another 300… The limiting factor may well be how much money Rainforest Saver can raise.  It doesn’t cost much, but it cannot be done for nothing. So if you can, please do donate to us. There is a donate button on our website, or you can post a cheque made out to

 

The Rainforest Saver Foundation

33 Pentland Viev

Edinburgh

EH10 6PY

 

Thank you very much.

 

• you can read about the trainings and follow ups at

http://www.rainforestsaver.org/news/no-73-read-about-more-good-work-after-kumba-training

http://www.rainforestsaver.org/news/no-72-training-inga-yaoundé-and-feedback-kumba

http://www.rainforestsaver.org/news/no-69a-training-inga-alley-kumba-cameroon

 

 

Finally, I apologise for the recent lack of newsletters over the summer. I assure you, we have not been idle, and I hope to make up with lots more info about our exciting progress soon.

 

Best wishes,

 

Tiiu

Rainforest Saver

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