In the agriculture domain, Bridgers is engaged in training women through the establishment of community farms, which serve as practical illustrations on the usage of organic manure to improve the output of their subsistence farming produce.
We do well to encourage these women to increase their products not just to serve as food in their homes, but also a means of bringing income for other expenses to better their livelihoods. Some of the crops they are specialized in include: tomatoes, cucumber, plantains, beans, maize, ndjinger, etc which are all short cycle products.
It is difficult to give an accurate assessment of women’s contributions to agriculture due to the lack of statistics, But according to FAO, it is estimated that rural women supply about 90% of the food needed for the subsistence of the population in Cameroon.
However, poverty still lingers as these women always face a great financial need especially sending their children to school. As such we strife to solve this problem by organizing them to pull their small financial resources together through savings on a weekly basis from where they can borrow at a 1% interest rate free of procedures and a lot of paper work like the case in financial establishments. This gives them a relief as access to loans especially for rural women in banks is a nightmare due to lack of collateral.
For a long run purpose, Bridgers is further introducing women in to the cultivation of non-timber forest products (NTFP) which are condiments and medicinal plants.
This will greatly improve the income of the women due to the high demand for the products locally and internationally, however, these NTFP take a longer time to grow to maturity.
We hope to get maximum impact since we intend engaging seed multiplication experts, Agro-Forestry systems and organizations for the best improved species and products. These plants will grow into trees and eventually contribute to safeguard the environment by providing oxygen to the environment, improving air quality, preventing soil erosion and providing habitat for animals such as birds.
Still for safety, of the environment, we also discourage the burning of forests through Capacity building workshops and seminars within the rural communities.
Animal farming is one of the most cherished forms of farming Bridgers is out to promote and introduce women into. We donate high yielding species of pigs to beneficiaries to boost up their income from the sales of piglets which are often great in number per one delivery by a mother pig as a result of the special breed of pigs we donate. The donations are preceded by a training phase during which resource persons drill them on the best techniques involved in pig farming with the use of locally produced feed and fences which are cost effective.
Similarly, Bridgers takes interest in encouraging, educating/training and donating chicken to rural women to raise their standards of living, these fowls don’t only fetch income but serve as a source of protein in their homes. Through experts we train women on the elements of rich feed for fowls which is lower in cost with usage local food stuff.
Through Poultry farming Bridgers Association Cameroon is able to empower women/girls economically.
This enable them to have financial autonomy and can therefore make meaningful contributions to the educational development of their children as well as improve on their livelihoods.
Through our rotating scheme initiative we provide these women with seed capital to start a poultry farm and advance from there.
Organic manure is not only good in ensuring high agricultural yields but it will also guarantee soil sustainability. Thus, it is environmentally friendly. It is also cheap and easily accessible to everyone in diverse forms. Bridgers is promoting and encouraging farmers to use organic manure in their farms. We are consistent in this effort as we establish resource and training farms in each community depending on the available financial means to run these training sessions that enable the farmers acquire the right techniques in the effective use of organic manure for best results. Left alone, we cannot succeed as such we seek partnerships and collaboration to drive across this initiative.
Join hands with Bridgers to ensure sustainable agriculture through the promotion of sustainable practices for a common future where every woman can be economically sustainable!
With the growing effects of climate change, agricultural productivity has not and seems never to be the same again, as a result, Bridgers Association Cameroon is training farmers to be resilient and adapt to more sustainable agric techniques capable of mitigating the effects of climate change. Thanks to our partners and collaborators we are and hope to achieve positive results. The proper use of organic manure and the planting of trees especially fruit species is proven good as well.
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