The project aims at using agriculture as a means of fighting the high level of poverty, youth unemployment, petty crime rate, high dependency ratio and rural exodus that is taking place in communities of the Mount Cameroon Forest Region. The project encourages youths to get involved in agricultural activities and show them that farming can be a major source of income if practiced and embraced in a serious, systematic way. Through the project, Some 50 youths will become self employed.
Youths make up 80% of Cameroon's total population, dependency ratio is 85.5%. Unemployment rate stands at 30% making Cameroon 24th in world unemployment classification.
More than 40 percent of the country's 20 million people live below the poverty line. Finding jobs in Cameroon is therefore a very difficult and rare opportunity. This project takes advantage of the vast fertile volcanic soiled lands available to redress the problems of youth unemployment and high poverty levels.
The project will benefit youths between the ages of 18 and 32 of the Mount Cameroon Forest Region of Cameroon. Benefiting in this case includes providing them with the necessary training to start up and manage a farm of their own and providing them with the needed start up equipment and seeds. These youths will be encouraged to see agriculture as a potential source of livelihood. Through the project the rate of youth unemployment will reduce and general living conditions will be improved.
- Make at least 100 youths self employed
- Increase the production of basic food crops
- Reduction in dependency ration and petty crime rates
- Train at least 100 youths on Sustainable Farming methods and Seed propagation
- Support 100 youths with seeds to start forms of at least half hectare each.
- Support 100 youths with basic farming equipments like cutlasses, hoes, axes, diggers, wheel barrows and watering cans.
- Getting at least 100 families involved in farming of cash crops