KCOA/PCAC: Inades-Formation Cameroon builds the capacity of organic farmers in Mvog-Eboa by Mfou, in the Mefou and Afamba department.

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The training of learners in the site of the multiplier YENE Zacharie took place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March 2023 in the locality of Mfou, more precisely in Mvog-Eboa. This training focused on two modules: maggot production from the black soldier fly and thebreeding of chafer (edible white worms).

As a prelude to this training, Inades-Formation Cameroon, a partner organization in the implementation of the PCAC project (Knowledge Center for Organic Agriculture in Central Africa), carried out several activities, including the identification, acquisition and development of the site at the YENE propagator’s, in Mfou

This training session in the multiplier site allowed to reinforce the capacities of twenty-five (25) actors of the civil society including three (3) women and twenty-two (22) men coming from different socio-professional backgrounds (teacher, clergyman, farmer, agronomy student, veterinarian, farmer, mechanic).

The content of the session was based on the duplication of the training previously conducted at the Farm Agro Pisciculture of Esse (FAPE), on the production of maggots from the black soldier fly. In addition to this theme, an additional module was given on the breeding of chafer or white worms, also called “Foss” in the local language.

The two modules aimed to strengthen the participants’ capacities on the implementation of an efficient production system of “Foss” white worms and “maggots” in the locality of Mvog Eboa. For the master trainer Stéphane FOUAPON, an agronomist, “the production of new forms of food is of great interest in the face of problems of malnutrition and poverty. Let us recall that the larvae of palm weevils, commonly called “Foss” in the Central region of Cameroon, are a very popular and widespread food in this region. They are extremely rich in nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids) and have an energy value comparable to that of beef or fish (rich in proteins and Omega 3 and 6). They are also an excellent source of minerals and vitamins.

Training on the rearing of chafer or “Foss” grubs

In Cameroonian markets, this product is sold in batches of about twenty in breakable glasses ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 FCFA depending on the season. These larvae are more abundant and less expensive in the rainy season.

The beetles
Foss” white worms

Presentation of the black soldier fly breeding device

The fly box

Why start breeding Foss and maggots?

These two (2) elements are very rich in proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, Omega 3 and 6/ They are excellent dietary supplements for people of all ages (elderly in particular), regardless of their health status. The breeding of Foss, as well as the breeding of maggots from black soldier flies, is not harmful to the environment, contrary to other conventional breeding which pollute by their smell and their waste. The financial aspect is also an asset, because the cost of the initial investment is not high enough and the breeding expenses are negligible. Their production does not require large areas. White grubs multiply in a very short cycle and in large quantities. Their breeding can be practiced in all areas of Cameroon. They are used as food for other animal species: in fish farming for example, due to the high demand for protein, or in chicken farming.

The constitution of domestic breeding tanks

The tank for the production of white worms is composed of male and female chafer (about three (3) females for six (6) males) from the heart of the palm tree, pig starter feed, cassava, coconut bagasse peelings and water. The Foss will be harvested after 30 days, while in the case of maggots, the production is done in the fly house from a substrate based on pig manure, in a bowl above which are placed wooden bars called “pondoirs”, soaked in a substance called egg attraction.

The training sessions aim to disseminate the practice of Organic Agriculture on the one hand, and on the other hand, to equip as many actors as possible at the local and national level. The PCAC project is funded by GIZ and implemented by five (5) partner organizations in Cameroon, namely: the African Institute for Economic and Social Development (Inades-Formation Cameroon), the International Center for the Promotion of Creation (CIPCRE), the Support Group for Sustainable Development (GADD), the Multipurpose Training Center of Mbouo (CPF) and the Support Service for Local Development Initiatives (SAILD).

Marguerite MOMHA, Communication Inades-Formation Cameroon.

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Projet ABCD-Un élève un arbre COP28

1. Project title

Supporting the scaling-up of community experiences and citizen monitoring of public policies in response to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa (ABCD 2 project)

2. Summary

The project to scale up community experiences and dynamics of citizen monitoring of public policies in the face of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa is the continuation of an initial project to capitalize on these experiences.

In fact, in 2022, with funding from the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation (ABCD), Inades-Formation carried out the project “Study-capitalization of best practices in the face of the challenges of climate change and local governance in sub-Saharan Africa “This project capitalized on 50 experiences, including 31 on adaptation to climate change and 19 on governance, in 11 sub-Saharan African countries.

Based on the results of this pilot project, we have been able to identify and capitalize on some of the living realities of community efforts to combat the problems posed by climate change in Africa. They have been developed by a variety of players, including public services specializing in environmental and climate change management, civil society organizations and farmers’ organizations.

This second phase of the project, which will run for 30 months (2022-2024), aims to (i) scale up these good experiences developed by communities in African countries, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and resilience to climate change and of (ii) support the dynamics of citizen monitoring of the associated policy and regulatory frameworks.

3. General objective

Contribute to the fight against global warming, through the large-scale promotion of local experiences and concerted policy measures relating to adaptation, mitigation and resilience mechanisms for vulnerable populations, especially rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

4. Specific objectives

  • Scale up the good experiences developed by communities in African countries, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change.
  • Support the dynamics of citizen monitoring of related policy and regulatory frameworks

5. Completion period: June 2022 to November 2024

6. Project area

The project is being carried out in 11 countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo.

7. Financial partner

Basque Agency for Cooperation and Development (ABCD)

9. Implementation partners

17 local development organizations with projects that will replicate the good experiences capitalized on in phase 1 of the project. They were selected on the basis of the evaluation criteria of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, sustainability and gender equity, following a call for projects launched by Inades-Formation.

List of organizations and their projects

Country

Organization

Project title

1

Burkina Faso

WMU-CDN

Strengthening women’s resilience to climate change by promoting agroecological practices. Case study of the agroecological farm run by the women of the Union des Groupements Féminins Ce Dwane Nyee (UGF/CDN), Sanguie province, Centre West region, Burkina Faso.

2

Burkina Faso

Inades-Formation Burkina

Strengthening eco-citizenship through environmental education for pupils in the commune of Arbollé in the northern region of Burkina Faso

3

Burundi

Inades-Formation Burundi

Promoting environmental education in schools to tackle climate change

4

Cameroon

FAP NGO CAMEROON

Promotion of Community Initiatives to Protect Common Interest Resources in Cameroon

5

Côte d’Ivoire

CDD-CI

One pupil, one tree to combat coastal erosion and the disappearance of mangroves

6

DR Congo

UWAKI North Kivu

Projet d’appui à la valorisation des semences paysannes dans les unions de Luofu, Kipese et Lubero en territoire de Lubero au Nord-Kivu / RDC. Inspired by the experience of the Union des groupements Naam de Koumbri in Burkina Faso

7

DR Congo

ACOSYF

Grassroots environmental education to tackle climate change in the Kaziba chiefdom in DR Congo

8

Kenya

Inades-Formation Kenya

The scaling up of experiences developed by communities and the dynamics of school-based re-afforestation initiatives to address climate change in Kenya

9

Rwanda

RECOR Rwanda

Affordable solar pumps for small-scale irrigation, a revolutionary technology to help farmers increase their resilience capacity to climate change issues in Rwanda

10

Rwanda

Inades-Formation Rwanda

Replication of the practice of grafting fruit trees to increase the resilience of farmers in the Bugesera district to climate change.

11

Senegal

7A MAA REWEE

Project to promote agro-biodiversity conservation through capacity building and documentation of local seed varieties in Senegal

12

Tanzania

Inades-Formation Tanzania

Promotion of community seed banks for the conservation of agro-biodiversity through capacity building and documentation of local seed varieties in Kondoa and Chemba Districts of Dodoma Region, Tanzania”.

13

Chad

Inades-Formation Chad

Promotion of seed banks, Scaling up the Seeds Savers Network /Kenya experience

14

Chad

ATASANPE Chad

Expand the “One student, one tree” project developed by ACOSYF RD Congo

15

Togo

APAD International Togo

The governance of protected areas: The case of the Agou mountainsides in Togo

16

Togo

Inades-Formation Togo

Continuous and competitive integrated family farming systems for farmer resilience to climate change in Tchamba 2 commune

17

Togo

JVE Togo

Governance of local seed systems among women’s cooperatives in the Assimé classified forest for climate resilience

ACF-AO project

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1. Project title

Feminist Climate Action Project – West Africa ACF-AO

2. Summary

The “Feminist Climate Action in West Africa” project is being implemented in Côte d’Ivoire to contribute effectively to the resilience and fight against the effects of climate change by ecologically sensitive coastal and island communities, with a particular focus on rural women and young people.

It will build the capacity of communities, particularly women and young people, to implement strategies to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, notably through the adoption of agroecological practices, energy diversification and advocacy. It will strengthen the participation of rural women and young people in local governance of biodiversity and climate action.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada | Affaires mondiales Canada, the ACF AO project is taking place in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Togo.

It is managed in Côte d’Ivoire by SUCO and Inades-Formation – Secrétariat Général.

3. Background

Climate change threatens to push nearly a million more Ivorians into extreme poverty, increase the risk of water stress, with more and more regions expected to see more than 10% of their population in water shortage, and increase the resurgence of air- and water-related diseases among susceptible populations (Nationally Determined Contributions, CDN-COTE D’IVOIRE, March 2022). According to the World Bank, by 2050, Côte d’Ivoire will face an average temperature rise of two degrees Celsius, greater rainfall variability and a 30 cm rise in sea level along the coast (World Bank, 2018a).

Climate change affects all development sectors. However, differences between men and women in their relationship with their environment, differences in the composition of economic sectors and unequal access to resources and decision-making will amplify the impacts of climate change on certain categories of the population, including women.

The “Feminist Climate Action in West Africa” project is a response to this reality.

4. General objective

Strengthening climate change adaptation by rural and indigenous women and young people in ecologically sensitive coastal and island regions of Côte d’Ivoire.

5. Specific objectives

  • Increase the influence of rural and indigenous women and young people in climate policy advocacy and in the governance of high-biodiversity ecosystems vulnerable to climate change.
  • Increase the adoption of nature-based solutions such as agroecology, ecosystem and biodiversity protection and restoration, for climate change adaptation, by rural and indigenous women and young people.
  • Strengthen the climate resilience of rural and indigenous women and young people through economic empowerment and energy diversification.

6. Completion date: 2023 - 2026

7. Target audience / beneficiaries: Young people 41% & Rural and indigenous women 59%.

8. Project area

Adiaké, Grand-Bassam, Jacqueville and Grand-Lahou.

9. Project actions

Diagnose the obstacles and facilitating factors for the active participation of target groups in biodiversity and climate management decision-making bodies;

Participatory diagnoses carried out by local authorities on the climatic vulnerability of ecosystems and identification of gender-sensitive adaptation measures and strategies;

Training for rural and indigenous women and young people to strengthen and maintain their participation in decision-making bodies;

Training of beneficiaries on climate and biodiversity conservation policies;

Participating communities receive training in business development, inclusive value chains, cooperative management, and direct marketing.

Village awareness-raising and training workshops on biodiversity-friendly and gender-sensitive mitigation and adaptation measures carried out in participating communities.

Ecosystem management and development plans designed and implemented in participating communities.

Technical and financial support to participating communities for the implementation of climate-resilient agroecological practices (micro-breeding, agroforestry, market gardening, beekeeping and oyster farming); to strengthen access to productive water, agricultural inputs and equipment; for the installation of tree nurseries and reforestation of coastal ecosystems.

Solar and eco-energy equipment for food production, processing and preservation, and training in equipment use and maintenance.

Women and youth networking and advocacy

Support and strengthening of savings and credit systems provided to women’s groups.

10. Technical and financial partners

Project funded by Affaire Mondiale Canada and implemented by INTERPARES, SUCO and their partners, including Inades-Formation – Secrétariat Général pour la Cote d’Ivoire.

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