Community Initiative for Sustainable Environment and Gender Development

A reliable and sure way to ensure food security is at the level of improving soil fertility that will lead to improved yields. In Cameroon, the government encourages the use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides to improve soil fertility and control pest. However, the price of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are very high for most of our farmers, a majority of whom are subsistence farmers. Organic farming can be a sure way out, given that available local waste can be transformed to produce manure/organic fertilizer and pesticides that will have the same effect to improve soil fertility and manage pest. In this light, CISEGD has been working with over 30 farmers from 3 groups in Batibo sub division to build their capacity in organic farming .the yields of these farmers’ have improved with the use of this technique. Many more farmers are now requesting for our services to help them to engage in this method of farming.

CISEGD work with young people and rural women to empower through organic farming that ensures healthy farming and healthy food for today and tomorrow. CISEGD encourages integrated organic farming made of crop production and animal rearing. Here farmers are able to obtain animal waste and transform into rich organic fertilizer to improve soil fertility and also grow crops for market, consumption and part to feed the animals. It is an activity that enables the farmer to be self-sufficient, reliant and sustainable in production while protecting the environment.

Unfortunately the pesticides that were meant to bring good, increase food, prevent or destroy pests, have in the contrary turned against the health of pollinators, human beings, animals and the environment. Chronic poisonings leading to all kinds of health hazards and death of pollinators are being experienced by farmers. CISEGD is working with communities to solve this problem through organic farming. Carrying out organic farming and working with these peasant farmers and their children through training programmes has enabled us to gather much information on the problems faced in the field and how we can better address them through best agricultural practices using available local resources.