Urban Agriculture in Yaoundé

In Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, the combination of a degraded economic situation and powerful demographic pressure has contributed to a breakdown of urban fabric and ever-growing shantytowns. With an annual urban growth rate over 5% (according to UN-Habitat), about 60% of the Cameroonian population will live in an urban environment by 2015.

Thanks to funding from Québec sans frontières and the Louise Grenier Foundation, Alternatives and Protège QV support the development of an urban agriculture program in the district of Biyem-Assi, a working-class neighborhood in Yaoundé, in order to reduce the poverty and food insecurity of its inhabitants. The project  includes 150 women involved in community organizing, 10 local merchants as well as 200 students and their families from the Pigeons primary and secondary school in Biyem-Assi.

Based on a hydroponic agricultural technique developed by Alternatives as part of their roof-top gardening project in Montréal, this initiative will allow for the production of fresh vegetables in an urban territory dominated more and more by concrete, where arable soil is rare and often contaminated. The initiative will also notably include the development of home gardens and a school garden, the creation of revenue-generating activities, the start of an urban agriculture training program and educational activities on the topic of the environment and the importance of a balanced diet (creation of an educational guide, radio program, kiosk).

The Québec sans frontières program has 10 openings for young Québécois interns to experience an enriching opportunity in the context of international solidarity, as well as to develop their knowledge in the domain of urban agriculture in Québec and in Cameroon.

 

Year: 
2013 - 2014
Contact Person & Details: 
Gaelle Janvier 514 982 6606
Locations: 
Cameroon