Farmers of the road Elat-Nkol Avolo to Esse, Central Cameroon are abandoning agricultural activities because they cannot bring their crops to town due to lack of roads. After having repeatedly seen their crops rot on the spot, they tend to focus on illegal logging, production and sale of coal, firewood, products that do not rot. But this activity endangers 5000ha forest. Harvets grouping to easy transportation to town initiated by RADD through cell phones is hampered by the lack of electricity
A 30 km road section is excluded from a loop that concentrates all privileges including the crossing of a paved road. People living all the way will not benefit from similar infrastructure in the next 50 years. They are thus locked in a circle of poverty accentuated by the lack of road to evacuate their crops. They tend to abandon farming activities to concentrate on illegal logging, production and sale of coal and firewood, activities that destroy the forest. 5000ha of forest are in danger.
RADD is helping to group crops to ease transportation to markets by vehicles adapted to the poor condition of the road. This work is made difficult because farmers are unable to keep their phones switched on due to the lack of electrical power. RADD wants to offer electricity to farmers to help them keep their phones switched on and be able to participate in the crop grouping network. With the certainty of selling their crops, they will turn away from activities that destroy the forest.
RADD will set up a system to recover from beneficiaries the cost of the first batch of equipment purchased with the donation in order to buy another batch. The process will cover 400 households in the first year and continue into the second year for the second wave of 400 households. Once all households have been electrified, the retwork will be entirely functional and the surrounding forest will be saved from destroying activities. That is the guarantee of the durability of this project.
Reseau des Acteurs du Developpement Durable (RADD)