The Cameroon Outgrower Programme has got off to a strong start. The programme drives a dual agenda of socio-economic development and ecological conservation, aiming to empower approximately 13,000 smallholders. In benefiting from technical support and the guaranteed purchasing of raw material, the smallholders will be given the opportunity to create their own intercropped farms around a core of natural rubber.
With the model farms constructed, and the first year applicants engaged in the onboarding process, the programme is gathering momentum:
Karl Tchami, Agro-economic Engineer supporting the smallholders
‘For several years, the local populations have been confronted with several factors that have prevented them from realizing their own rubber growing projects, notably the lack of materials and technical expertise. The Outgrower Programme is therefore seen as an effective solution to these constraints. Additionally, the integrated crop model will bring the smallholders greater access to a diverse diet and an additional source of income.’
Melissa Frederique Mengue, Outgrower Communications Supervisor
‘My role involves liaising with the smallholders throughout the onboarding process. I am sure that the programme will have a really positive effect on the social and economic conditions of the neighbourhood. Smallholder farmers will feel empowered, youth will find employment, there will be food security and people will become more prosperous in the long-term. I am very excited about all this.’