The target groups are made up of integrated agro-pastoral farming groups within the peri-urban area of the Bamenda city and its environs – Bafut, Tubah, Santa, Bali and Mbengwi central Sub-Divisions. In each of these localities, we will identify and scrutinise integrated farming groups in the areas of livestock and crop farming, fish and crop farming, integrated crop and semi-intensive cattle and goat/sheep farming. In each year a total of 100 such integrated groups will be selected subjected to training, then effective granting of five million francs per group will be in 2015. In 2015 another one hundred groups are selected and trained for financing in 2016. This process continues in such a manner that groups are selected and trained for financing the following year. In essence groups must be selected , scrutinised, trained before disbursement of funds the following year. Thus this project is envisaged to last for six years with effective financing of groups for five years. Each group is composed of five to ten members with the female gender and youths given priority. Therefore, the total number of people directly involved in the project will be 1000/year. And in five year it will be 5000 people. The age range of the various members is between 20 and 45 years. The gender issue, number of males/females will only be known after identification, selection and scrutiny of each set of a hundred groups.
3.1 PROJECT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
• Improving net farming incomes through the development of new ways of dealing with existing agricultural communities in the cultivation, storage, and marketing of such agricultural products and livestock as maize, dry beans , soya beans, potatoes, yams, poultry, rabbits, piggery and fish farming etc.
• Sustainably improving the fertility of the soils with emphasis on the use of organic and green manures, biological fertilization (EM Technology) with limited and prudent use of inorganic fertilizers.
• Creating a data bank of well constituted functional mixed farming groups which are gainfully involved in market-oriented agricultural and livestock farming initiatives.
• Encouraging social mobilisation through revolving saving and credit schemes within the constituted farming groups; equally forming viable financial networks between these groups.
• Mainstreaming in all the productive activities of the projects with HIV/AIDS as a cross-cutting preventive measure.
3.2 DESCRIPTION OF THE OBJECTIVES
1.) Identify and provide training and capacity building to the different farming groups on how to carry out organic farming in the areas of poultry, rabbitry and fish farming etc.
2.) Creation of a network of organic farmers, livestock, fishery and animal husbandry within the different localities
3.) Creation of a market for organic products, meat and fish within the Bamenda city.
4.) Work in collaboration with the HIV unit of the Bamenda Regional Hospital.
3.3 THE RESULTS THAT WILL BE ACHIEVED
1.) Improvement on farming methods and techniques.
2.) There will be increase in food production
3.) The income of farmers will improve
4.) There will be job creation in the transportation and commercialisation chains.
5.) The nutrient intake of the population of the Bamenda will be improved upon due to increase in proteins on the market.
6.) Inflow of capital generated by the project and consequently reduction of poverty and unemployment.
7.) Transformation of the integrated farming groups financed into agricultural production enterprises in a long term.