In 2012 Better World Cameroon started replicating its Eco village community center concept developed in the Eco literacy Center in Yaounde in 1996 in rural areas in Cameroon. From knowledge of the four keys of sustainability learnt from the Global Ecovillage Network GENAfrica we resolvesd that Eco village and Permaculture community centers are the best principles to preserve the UNESCO World Heritage Center in Bafut and open up fair trade agri businesses to the world. www.betterworld-cameroon.com Follow updates www.facebook.com/betterworldcameroon
The Bafut Eco village community center today is just four years of sustainable and economic work through generating adaptive governance among the people and designing a model of cultural and social development based on green economy.
We started be registering the first Peermaculture Cooperative in Cameroon to advice, train farmers and ensure market channels. This to ensure food sovereignty and food security in a holistic way. Secondly because we cannot have a community without land, we set up we set up the 5acre Ndanifor Permaculture Demonstration site as an intentional summer school for youth entrepreneurship and this is helping the young people develop themselves in a way that they now have the capacity to transform the Bafut community. The focus on this initial stages is on rain water harvesting, replenishing ground water and enriching top soil through composting. Together with planting trees this is enhancing the ecosytem and cultivation of organic crops for fare trade and local consumption.
The Bafut Ecovillage overarching aim is to become one of the show case ecovillages of GENAfrica fostering economic development by creating valuable ecological agriculture out puts. The achievements so far which let Bafut Ecovillage to be awarded the Gaia Trust Excellence Award 2015 of the most inspiring project of GEN Africa has been the collective effort of the project team acknowledging the African solidarity and love education that allows young people to regenerate the culture of peace. The strength of Bafut Ecovillage comes from natural appreciation of the rich heritage of our own roots and traditional wisdom. The Permaculture Community Center has played a vital role of connecting Bafut to networks worldwide but lacks communication infrastructure.
Joshua Konkankoh www.linkedin.com/in/joshuakonkankoh