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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Re: Sustainable Development Goals - your story of creating a food secure world

Nkeng Pius
Nkeng PiusNDEFCameroon

Dear Forum Members
Greetings from Bamenda, Cameroon.

The National Development Foundation (NDEF) is working to empower smallholder farmers to use ecological farming practices to reduce the vulnerability of their households to food, health and income insecurity while ensuring a sound  environmental management. 

The National Development Foundation (NDEF) is working to empower smallholder farmers to use ecological farming practices to reduce the vulnerability of their households to food, health and income insecurity while ensuring a sound environmental management.

Specifically on SDG2, we are working on a number of programmes aimed at helping rural poor people in villages of the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon to have zero hunger. We are developing a farmers’ agroforestry resource centre at our head office in Bamenda to demonstrate how a number of interrelated activities could be carried out on a small piece of land to boost food production and use land to its maximum capacity. Our work is helping to create a food secure and Zero Hunger world through the following programmes:

  • Agroforestry Programme
  • Plantain Multiplication Programme
  • Cassava Programme
  • Beekeeping Programme
  • Moringa Programme
  • Fish Rearing in containers and concrete tanks
  • Poultry keeping
  • Pig rearing
  • Crop processing for value addition Programme

In the agroforestry programme, we target beneficiaries or clients who live in the poorest rural communities where the need for sustainable incomes and life opportunities are most urgent. We prefer to work with constituted groups of people such as farmers and structured development committees. We train farmers to establish tree nurseries from which they get improved trees seedlings for integration into their farms. We train them on modern tree propagation techniques (such as grafting, airlayering and rooting of cuttings) and effective nursery techniques. We also train them how to construct and use propagators. NDEF was technically supported here by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Yaounde.