The Cameroon Outgrower Programme is officially underway. The 15-year planting programme will see 13,000 landowners equipped with the education and financing to develop multi-crop farms around a core crop of rubber. 27,000 hectares of degraded land or low yielding farms will be re-planted and sustainably farmed to produce 100% traceable, high quality rubber and liquid latex.
Developed to address several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the programme will create impact both environmentally through the development of rubber farms which are high sequesters of carbon, and socially, by promoting sustainable development through creating wealth for rural communities.
The programme’s first plantain sucker was planted by Ms Madeleine Ngo Nkock, a farmer in the Meyomessala area of Cameroon, who has registered 2 hectares of land. Ms. Ngo Nkock has successfully completed her onboarding process which included building her applicant profile, passing both her credit risk assessment and the environmental assessments performed on her land, and attending training courses on sustainable farming and credit management. Having entered into a 2 year loan, disbursed as farming equipment and plants, she now has the resources to develop her new multi-crop farm of rubber, plantain and redbeans.
This is how farmers like Ms. Ngo Nkock will benefit from the programme:
There are approximately 6 million rubber smallholder farmers globally. These farmers grow the critical raw materials that drive our everyday lives yet investment in them has fallen short. Through education, financing, and support, the Cameroon Outgrower Programme will provide these farmers with the necessary tools to increase yields on their existing land, driving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
80% of global rubber supply is produced by smallholders, of which only a fraction is traceable from tree to product. Environmental and social issues arise from this lack of traceability, as well as making it challenging to implement quality control.
The Outgrower Programme ensures full product traceability. It also requires the farms to comply with Corrie MacColl’s Sustainability Policy to ensure that the farmers and the land use are compliant with international social and environmental standards.
How it works
13,000 smallholder farmers within proximity to Corrie MacColl’s Cameroon plantations register their combined 27,000 hectares of land. A minimum of 0.5 and a maximum of 2 hectares is permitted per farmer. In the short-term, farmer income is generated through the cultivation of cashcrops as part of the intercropped farming model. An adjacent savings plan also ensures that reinvestment funds are available for rubber upkeep over years 3 to 6.
In the long-term and at rubber maturity, we strive to maintain long-lasting commercial relationships with the smallholders in order to purchase their rubber at competitive prices. This will sustain the socio-economic impact of the programme within the communities.