UN Women Cameroon poised to support rural women in climate-smart agriculture.
Farmer exhibits her agricultural produce: Photo, Fajong Joseph, UN Women.
Between 2018 and 2020, women farmers in rural areas of Cameroon will receive support from UN Women in the area of direct access to better skills, credit products, market opportunities, information and other services.
This support falls within the framework of the UN Women flagship programing initiative on women’s empowerment through climate-smart agriculture in rural areas. The three-year program was reviewed and validated on 29 May 2017 in Yaounde by a cross section of the government, civil society organisations, micro finance establishments, farmers, consultants, potential donors and development partners.
Speaking during the opening workshop to validate the flagship programme on rural women’s economic empowerment through climate resilient agriculture in Cameroon, the Resident Representative of UN Women Cameroon Adama Moussa said the flagship program will be focused on five key areas: land (land mapping and titling, harvest forecast and regular updates), affordable finance (asset information, sales contract, and investment tract records), climate smart information and skills (text messages, links to trainings and resources),and markets(access to suppliers, customers, and financiers).
“Our ultimate goal is to see how women farmers in rural areas can be key contributors to the emergence of Cameroon by 2035 and that is why we want to ensure in the validation workshop that the program meets the needs of the country and activities align with the national policies”, the Resident Representative added.
According to the Regional Policy Adviser, economic empowerment of Women Sarr Oulimata, “the flagship program will inspire women gain confidence, assets and a sense of control over their lives”.
The USD 11,609,115 (about 7 billion frs CFA) flagship program which is expected to kick start in 2018 will target cooperatives in the agriculture value chain, small and medium size enterprises, 100.000 women and will be focused in the three Northern regions of Cameroon, Center and the East regions.
By FAJONG Joseph Lereh, UN Women Cameroon