Bridgers Association Cameroon

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Agriculture has the potential to improve the socio-economic life, not only of a woman, but a family and community as a whole. It is an important aspect and the basis on which Bridgers Association Cameroon operates. We want to encourage sustainable agricultural practices and thus take care of the environment.

Women & Agriculture

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.

Our Environmental Projects

Non-timber Forest Products

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.

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Animal and Poultry Farming

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 chicks 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 of 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

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!

Climate Smart Agriculture

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. 

Are you a local development authority, are you a Common Initiative Group Member, are you an Agric Tech Engineer, are you an Agric entrepreneur, are you a funder/philanthropist? Join hands with us in driving across this venture to safe our climate and achieve the Global Goals. Together, we can ensure food security.

THE BRIDGERS FARMS: AGRICULTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Tree Nursery at The Bridgers Farms

This project is an ongoing agricultural scheme which involves the cultivation of food crops such as plantains; cassava; as well as economic trees including cocoa; avocado; pineapple; mango; plum; guava; tangerine; coconut; soursop; oranges, moringa as well as sugar cane.

A contribution to sustainable food systems in Cameroon

Pineapple Treatment in The Bridgers Farms

The goal of this agricultural scheme is to realize a resource farm containing the above mentioned crops and trees that will for all times serve as an avenue for training vulnerable women and agric students in Cameroon on sustainable large scale agriculture. This farm shall equally serve as seeds bank for such beneficiary women to enable them establish their own individual farms for their economic empowerment. Part of the profits from the sales will be used to support vulnerable children as scholarships in school.

The Bridgers Farms provides adequate space for tree nurseries, some of the economic trees already nursed in this farm will be planted in different school milieus accompanied by environmental education lessons passed on to the pupils and students of the beneficiary schools within the Center Region of Cameroon. In addition, the proceeds that will be realized from this farm shall go a long way to ensure the sustainability of the activities of our Organization and subsequent reinvestment in to the farm.

Preparing harvested tomatoes for the market

Call to Action

So far, the vast farm land has been acquired; the plantain; cassava, pineapple and economic trees planted, however, to maximize crop survival and output/harvest, there is the need to install an irrigation system in this farm to ensure that crops have enough water and prevent the effects of drought, and most importantly, soil friendly fertilizers and pesticides are permanently required.

To prevent post-harvest losses, we intent to put in place solar dryers and other machinery for cassava and plantain transformation.

There is equally the need for workers to be deployed to take care of the crops as they grow.

Both human and financial resources are required to carry out environmental education in schools involving the planting of economic trees. We intend to gain a larger market by exporting both natural and transformed plantains/cassava (plantain chips and cassava flour) to countries within Africa and beyond.

If you are moved and feel you can assist at any level, please do well to get in touch for further details on the way forward. Email: bridgersngo@gmail.com

If you wish to volunteer with The Bridgers Farms or in other projects with Bridgers Association Cameroon, you are welcome to joining us by applying through: https://bridgersngo.org/volunteer/

Collaboration is the best way to achieve impact.