Welcome to the Rainforest Saver Newsletter no. 72 June 2016. Training in the Inga technology at Yaoundé, and and how some of the Kumba trainees are applying their training.
Three training events in Inga alley cropping in Cameroon were planned, in three different regions, as shown in the map below. In February Gaston Bityo gave the first training workshop to ten people in Kumba. See http://www.rainforestsaver.org/news/no-69a-training-inga-alley-kumba-cameroon
The second of these trainings, at Yaoundé, was done at the beginning of June. Of the 10 invited participants 8 came. They were 7 farmers and one representative from one of the schools, the Lycée de Nkoumadjap. They have been very interested in the Inga, and have Inga at the school now. All these farmers have started their own Inga plots too, which is an advantage when it comes to promoting it to others.
Gaston explaining things at the Yaoundé training, which was held in the office room of his house.
Participants at the Yaoundé training.
Visit to an Inga farm nearby.
Gaston Bityo’s comments after the training:
‘The participants were very satisfied with the training. They promised not only to sensitize the other farmers from their different localities to start their Inga plots, but also to establish nurseries in their different localities to extend their Inga plots.
They asked so many questions during the training especially Ela Elson's son and the man from the Lycée de Nkoumadjap. They wanted to know more about how to plant Inga, when to prune it and how to prune it. And what can be grown in the Inga alleys. I think so all of them did understand very well what I have been telling them. The advantage was that all of them have an Inga plot of his/her own
I told them that I will be doing follow up and that we will not continue to work with whoever will not do well his work with the Inga as they promised.’
The participants were given certificates at the end. The lady receiving hers here is Mrs. Mendo, whom you have ‘met’ before.
Owning a plot is an advantage, but not a guarantee that they will understand enough about it to be good promoters in their communities.
Feedback from participants of the Kumba training.
There were ten participants for the previous training at Kumba. Five of these were invited, and they brought the other five with them. As our funds are limited, and also as we don’t want to hand money out to people we don’t know at all, our financial support to enable them to promote the Inga in their regions was confined to the five invited trainees. Some of the others however are also of some standing in their communities, and we may want to support them in the future.
So for now we are expecting feedback from five trainees, and indeed four of them have been in touch. The fifth was initially not well, and is going to be working with schools, so she will not be giving us feedback until after the summer holidays.
Here are some images – more later.
Prof. Tabouguie watering his new Inga seedlings.
Atanga Wilson is working with both adult farmers and several schools. If you have been reading these newsletters you may recall photos of school children. They have planted Inga plots at the schools, some of which are now quite big.
The group of farmers to whom Atanga Wilson has been givingn information about the Inga. They are holding Inga pods.
And here is Atanga Wilson demonstrating the A-frame with some Inga pods. The notice behind him is headed ‘Planting on slopes’.
Atanga Wilson’s training session.
We have more photos and information to share with you, and in a few months’ time there will be a proper follow up and assessment of the Kumba training. That is very important to ensure that it all proceeds well, and to give further support to those who need it to continue the work, if we are happy with what they have achieved so far.
With best wishes,
Tiiu-Imbi Miller, Mrs., PhD.
The Rainforest Saver Foundation
Scottish registered charity no. SC039007
+44 (0) 131 477 6970
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