Agriculture and livestock production is the backbone of Cameroon economy, and improving private, small-scale farms is essential to a broad-based, poverty-reduction strategy. Overall, 60 percent of Cameroon population derives at least part of their livelihoods from agriculture and livestock production. This accounts for more than half of Cameroon GDP.
At the same time, only 20 to 30 percent farmers in the country practice farming in small scale, and productivity remains low. Most farmers work without modern construction and equipment or adequate financial or extension services.
Poultry farming management system activities have a direct and indirect impact on thousands of smallholder farmers in Cameroon. We cut across several value chains including free training in poultry farming, animal feed, Day old chicks, access to markets and micro credits.
Our aim is to break the cycle of poverty among smallholder farmers who remain poor despite being in farming for decades. Helping farming families increase production in a sustainable way, and sell more livestock, is the most effective way to reduce hunger and poverty over the long term. When farmers grow more food and earn more income, they are better able feed to their families, send their children to school, provide for their family’s health, and invest in their farms. This makes their communities economically stronger and more stable.
Agricultural and livestock development must also address gender disparities in Sub-Saharan. African women are vital contributors to farm work, but because they have less access to information’s, seed capitals, better techniques and technologies, and markets, yields on their farms are typically 20 to 40 percent lower than on farms farmed by men. Addressing this gap can help households become more productive and increase incomes within poor families.