Cameroon Project-Atanga Wilson
Atanga Wilson Nebafor is the energetic and committed leader of a local Cameroon registered NGO, MUCODEF (Municipal and Community Development Forum), founded in 2004. He is from Buea in the South of the Anglophone region. In 2016 he was trained in Inga alley cropping by Gaston Bityo.
Village workshop introducing Inga alley cropping, Alori village
Atanga has introduced Inga to 102 farmers from 16 villages, of whom 87 have Inga alleys and the remaining 15 have Inga in their cocoa plantations (last updated summer 2022). There are many more community leaders in the region waiting for him to have Inga seedlings available and demonstrate to the farmers how to do it. We need more money to enable this.
Furthermore Atanga wants to encourage existing farmers to increase the size of their plots, which are currently very small. This is best done by the farmers themselves, who can keep a tree or two unpruned to give the seeds necessary to increase their plantation size.
Atanga has also planted Inga plots at some schools with the schools’ nature clubs.
School children planting Inga
Like all our partners, Atanga is participating in studying aspects of the Inga system to make it as productive as possible. For instance farmers have grown maize, beans and cocoa with and without the help of Inga. Yields were found to be much better with Inga. Also when seed is produced close to where it is to be planted it may be easier to plant the seeds directly into the ground (bareroot method) rather than first into poly bags. Atanga has compared this bareroot method with planting in standard poly bags. In his experience the poly bags worked best.
Reaching a village is not always easy