Helping the rice farmers in Ngoketunjia, Cameroon
The purpose of the visit was to ascertain the changes to the farming conditions since the survey undertaken in October 2008. We wanted to know whether our initial analysis was still valid.
In summary, there has been additional funding and development in the region due to the UNVDA (Upper Nun Valley Development Authority - the Cameroon Government rice development corporation). The UNVDA has started rehabilitating the 2552 hectares of the developed farms, and providing loans to the farmers (in the forms of fertilizers), providing a market to the farmers (by buying the unprocessed rice) and providing increased training to the farmers.
A survey of the farming groups is summarized below:
Therefore we concluded that our initial analysis is still valid, and that the problems we saw in the field and documented, are still problems faced by the farmers.
Please revert with your comments - we are interested in your observations of current conditions in the cultivation of rice in Ngoketunjia.