In local adjacent forest communities in Cameroon over 80% of inhabitants lack access to key forest products that can make them financially viable and take care of their health, children's education and nutritive food while protecting the environment. Although over 90% women in the North West are involved in indigenous approaches to fighting climate change, they do not draw any benefits from protecting the forest. This project assists them acquire better livelihoods through non timber products.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
With the sustained campaign to fight climate change and to offset carbon footprints more than 20 000 people in Kilum/Ijim forest area do not share the benefits of climate change adaptation. The result is an endless circle of poverty, illness and malnutrition in those families. Non Forest timber products abound but they find difficulties marketing them.The result is an endless circle of poverty, illness and malnutrition in those families.With market information women's lives here will change
How will this project solve this problem?
To help ease financial burdens, ACF provides training to women on the sustainability of non-timber- forest- products, market opportunities in towns and cities,book keeping. We also strengthen civil society and NGOs who act as focal points in towns and cities for the sale of non- timber -forests -products. The project also provides communication gadgets to 100 local women in the Kilum/Ijim forest area to receive market information. Radio and local newspapers are used to disseminate information.
Potential Long Term Impact
The program will make adjacent rural forest communities be part of the solution and not part of the problem. 2]A greener economy would be encouraged and promoted in adjacent forest communities in rural areas in Cameroon. 3]By promoting the sustainable use of non- forest- timber- products in adjacent forests communities, livelihoods would be improved and women's well-being and involvement in climate change fight would be perfected.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.