The Cameroon Outgrower Programme is our latest strategic measure in improving the livelihoods and economic viability of the rural communities that border our plantations. The programme will educate and empower approximately 13,000 local Cameroonian smallholders in possession of degraded or fallow land; creating multi-crop farms around a core of natural rubber.
The guaranteed purchasing of raw material and the teaching of agronomical best practices will create sustainable employment and strengthen rural economies.
27,000 hectares have been selected, with an initial development of 750 hectares in 2019. Land within High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock areas will be exempt, and appropriate land deeds must be secured prior to development. To ensure best practice and to adhere to our Sustainability Policy, all candidates must undergo rigorous sustainability assessments and the independent Cameroon Sustainability Council has full oversight of the programme.
Based on an integrated farming model, the land will see rubber intercropped with plantain, maize, red bean, watermelon or groundnuts, and combined with livestock of fish, pigs or chicken. This model will bring opportunities for food security and trade between farmers.