No. 41 Progress in Cameroon
By Tiiu-Imbi Miller | Newsletter No. 41 April 2013

Here are the main recent achievements in Cameroon. There are many farmers in Cameroon who are interested in the Inga, but supplying them, and then following them up and giving them the advice and encouragement they need is no easy task.  It is constantly hindered by bad roads and lack of communication.  The farmers have neither Internet access, postal services, nor phones. Nonetheless there has been steady progress, thanks to the hard work and commitment of our partner, Gaston Bityo Delor, supported by other community leaders.  

A new group of farmers have started Inga plots at Akonolinga, a town not very far from Yaoundé. Gaston thought there was one farmer there who wanted to start an Inga plot, but when he got there he found eight farmers waiting for him! So he distributed his load between them, and took them a second lot later. But altogether 94 from that region have signed up as wanting to try it. They will be starting their own nursery very soon.

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A load of Inga ready to be taken to Akonolinga, and unloading it.

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Children at Akonolinga, and list of farmers who want to try the Inga system.

Mrs. Mendo’s well-kept plot was ready for a second pruning, so it has been pruned and planted with maize again, and the comparison plot beside it has also been planted for a second time. Mrs. Mendo has shown her plot to many local farmers, and there is a lot of interest, and a small nursery has been planted.

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Mrs. Mendo’s plot ready for second planting, and the Inga plot and comparison plot being planted.

The plots at Bizang and Kribi were also pruned and later planted with maize. These also include comparison plots.

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Gaston’s own plot at Bizang after pruning on the left. At Kribi some of the Inga trees had produced seeds and these were collected for planting before the trees were pruned.

Atanga Wilson Nebafor, another community leader now working with Gaston as part of the Cameroon Inga Project, has grow and distributed his first batch of seedlings.

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Here is Mr. Atanga smiling, as he says, to see the growth of his Inga seedlings in the nursery

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The seedlings are being delivered African fashion, and on the right, planted out. But they could do with better transport for farmers who are a bit further away.

Gaston made the difficult journey to take the first batch of 400 seedlings to the Mundemba region. It is a long trip and the roads towards the end of it are terrible. It proved hard on the drivers, the truck, which was damaged, and some of the precious seedlings looked pretty wilted by the time they arrived.  The local leader of the Inga project there, Linus Arong Malike, however said that they recovered well.  They are being distributed to farmers, and some will be used to start their local seed orchard.

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The road to Mundemba. The seedlings on the left are wilting after their long journey. The truck on the right is not Gaston’s. Just shows how to drive there.

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On arrival at Mundemba the precious seedlings were nursed back to health. On the right, a community meeting to learn about the Inga.