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Fostering Nutrition and Good Business through Agriculture

Our vision is to see that no one goes malnourished or hungry and food should be available, adaptable, safe and create business sense.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Sunrise Produce Marketing Cooperative Society with registration at COOP/GIC no.NW/CO/25/05/9740

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Farmer Co-op or Farmer Business Organization

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development:,- Provision Extension Workers who train the farmers on Farm Management Ministry of Women Empowerment- Programs to encourage to be empowered economically, politically, etc Ministry of Economic Development- Sought for financial and capacity building of farmers Ministry of Health- Has been involved with sensationalist on nutrition, hygiene and Sanitation Ministry of Trade and Commerce Ministry of Tourism Ministry of Water and Energy Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation Ministry of Labour Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network Cameroon Support Programme for Agricultural and Agric-food Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Mother of Hope Cameroon-Training of our women on care on Female Reproductive Health and Nutrition Plan International- Cameroon Presbyterian Church In Cameroon's Rural Development Centre Nfonta ; Centre receives and train on good agric techniques

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Bamemda

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Cameroon

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Mubang and Ntankah Communties

What country is your selected Place located in?

Bamenda, North West of Cameroon

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I live in this community and I have decided Sunrise becomes a solid foundation for Agric-nutrition and Economic empowerment so as to improve on the community members's livelihood. Sunrise was originally created with the following objectives

  • Nutrition education to improve consumption, the project intends to increase the use of positive health and dietary practices.
  • Developing and Promoting user –friendly training  models
  • Attracting and training  of new actors (women and youths ) to supplement the aging group of male growers especially in coffee production
  • Using Linder Mayeux’s  Gender Action Learning System Methodology to reduce gender gaps along agric  value chains.
  • Promotion of local processing and consumption coffee through opening of many coffee kiosks/restaurants especially around the university with the aim of increasing the farm gate prices for the farmers and reducing the rate of alcohol drinking around the school environment.
  • Informing the communities about the virtue of coffee and coffee brewing process.
  • Training of farmers on best practices to enhance quality through trainings and adequate supply of input.
  • Encouraging functional literacy  to guarantee knowledge acquisition  in community
  • Training on Food Formulations for balance diet intake
  • Maintains permanent campaign against smoking, and other poor drinking/eating habits in the community.
  • Encouraging products diversifications for better health.
  • Encouraging   Creation  of new  coffee farms, through free seedlings, regenerating old farms etc
  •  Promoting cooperation and networking with other related organizations (related  Ministerial  departments,Bukonzo Cooperative,  COOPERGRO,  IWCA, IFAD Gender Network, BAWCCUL, GABEDA, CSAYN, Mandela Volunteer Foundation, REFARO, OIAC)  for more knowledge and information.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

These communities mentioned are located in the North West Region of Cameroon. Their inhabitants are fully depending on agriculture. They speak Ngeba and Yamba as official languages and there are also different immigrant minorities. Their soil is very fertile. People like to eat locally produced food like Achou or mbekou. A few people are aware of balanced diet. But majority are illiterate, and lack knowledge, Sunrise Cooperative is a peasant farmer-organization comprising over 1500 members situated all over the North West Region of Cameroon. Formed in 2006 the association is over 10 years old.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

150

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

1500

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Food wastage is too high and sometimes during off season, even the farmers’ household goes without food. Lack of knowledge of varieties of community based products. Some fruits available like grape fruit is used like foot ball’s by malnourished children, Culture restricts the consumption of certain food by women and children. Women do not take part in the decision on what to plant and they have restricted access to land. There is very little information about the availability of markets for excess food produced. Negative perception of agriculture as a profitable business, youths do not show interest in agricultural activities. There is lack of infrastructure and equipment for food processing, transportation from the farm to homes and markets, as well as poor facilities.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

           To sustainably curb malnutrition and hunger, we will use the House Hold Vision (HHV)Map which is a shared vision with the household working together to achieve mutually defined goals. This process builds family ties, harmony, communication, responsible behavior, care, love, mutual trust, and commitment to the family wellbeing. It bridges the gender barrier that exist in terms of decision-making on the how production resources, output and family income could be used. These typically leave the household with stable production that ensures sufficient and nutritious food. This tool has mended broken homes and instituted better collaboration in Ntanbang in Cameroon. We will discourage the use of chemicals but encourage the use of organic manure though in general the soil here is very fertile. Apart from mobilizing households, we will involve other stakeholders from the government Ministerial departments and private sector, to put hand on deck to shape the development of values chains for selected nutritious commodities whose production and consumption will be promoted. We will be sensitizing on the role of women and youths in the agricultural value chains. Encourage value addition through processing, packaging branding and good labeling so that the products can attracts buyers. In course of production, by-products will be made pollution free or recycled. We will want to reduce food wastage by introducing adequate preservation and processing means adaptive to the community. 

         The spirits of entre preneurship will be encouraged  though the Farmers' Business School which has been introduce through CamCCUL Networks. This program which is sponsored by GIZ   has  changed the lives of many farmers who were not hersitant to attend the school. At the consuming end,  consumers’ information will be quaranteed through laws and regulations imposing proper labelling of products with information such as expiring dates, how the food should be prepared, nutritional composition etc. This is to ensure that  Food is not just available but should also be safe.

Performance assessment has been neglected in many sectors and for a good food system, people working at the various stages of the value chains will have to be committed, trained to do the right thing, and be sanctioned for any poor or negligence that amount to defects in our food.

 We will continue to extend  social networking  and create an online database to share information on current issues on agriculture and nutrition, nationally, regionally and globally.


Our key performance indicators will be reduction of diseases and hunger by 80%, reducing gender disparity, increased quality and quantity of food produce, and reduction in food wastage by at least 80 percent by 2050, reduction in infant mortality, many Youths farmers groups and forums etc


High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Everyone in these communities will become nutrition conscious, eat healthily, and sustainably grow adequate food for household consumption and for sales, harmony will reign in homes as women will now be part of decision making process. Food waste will not occur at any step of the supply chain: during harvest, storage, processing, marketing and no food will be consigned to the bin for any reason. Food will be better preserved and there will be no hunger nor malnutrition during the off harvest season.

In this process the role of a woman in the feeding of her household is recognized and she is empowered, through access to production resources, information, and participation in decision making especially on what to produce, on which piece of land, what quantity to be sold, how income realized is to be used to impact nutrition.

Men will no longer think that priority be given to the production of Cash Crop to enable them have more money that enable  them get more wives but for food and nutrition security.

Performance assessment has been neglected in many sectors and for a good food system, people working at the various stages of the value chains will have to be committed, trained to do the right thing, and be sanctioned for any poor or negligence that amount to defects in our food.





Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Our vision is to have a complete transformation of the agricultural system, such that it will not only be concerned with how much yield comes out from the farm, but also with how much of the food get into our plates with its full nutrient, good hygienic condition, guarantee balanced diet, eat healthy food without chemical traces and environment will thrive with increased boidiverity. Incorporate nutrition education to improve consumption and nutrition. Information on production, consumption and marketing of agricultural products will be made available through emails , facebook, posters and direct contact, We want to sustainably improve on production of highly nutritive products whereby planting of pumpkin, and soya beans which are very adaptable to these two communities will be encouraged to prevent depleting and despoiling natural resources.

 At the level of the farm, we will encourage care in farm side selection, land preparation, better seed selection, adequate spacing of the crops in the farm, better crop interplanting like pumpkin and soya beans in maise farm to prevent erosion and many others.

  To avoid post -harvest losses, we will encouraged adaptable food preservation methods that will maintain the food nutrients. Some products pass through many hands before they get to the final consumers and in due course, lost their nutritional values, but if the intermediaries are reduced and our farmers are able to get to their buyers directly. we think that the time will be shortened.

  We will be encouraging varieties of simple food formulations to ensure that what comes from the farm is adequately consumed. The outcome of this will generate relevant experiences on improving farmers health, products, productivity and provide valuable guidance for stakeholders and the agricultural policy framework. There shall be food security whereby all members of the farmers' household and their communities will have food at all times, have easy access to enough nutritious food for an active healthy life.No individual will go on an empty stomach nor have fear of starvation with such a system because the healthy community will ensure high productivity and abundance of food.

With training and education along the food value chain, the environment will be managed from the farm upto the plates.  

Hygiene and sanitation is one of the aspect that attention need to be given. Our Mubang community are always prompted during the dry season to farm vegetables on water side which is not clean enough. There is the need for  women to be train to know that if water is not clean to be drunk by human, the water is equally not good for the crops.The issue of Pest at the farm , processing and storage level will have to be curb with locally adopted product that is free from chemical.

An inclusive food system will not neglect the fact that apart from working in  the farm, rural dwellers can identify business opportunities/activities along  the Agricultural value chains  and diversify their resources of income in order to improve better on livelihood.                 Building youth knowledge and skills in agriculture  and nutrition will not only empower and strengthen their ability to address existing challenges related to agricultural livelihoods but it will also enable them to make a positive contribution to their communities through their participation on Agricultural Value Chains.


        The farmers in this area lacks  structures for a sustainable business environment, and tourism has always driven the prosperity of rural people; with an increasingly interconnected world, these strengths will be the basis for new products and

 services to generate rural prosperity and well-being. Working with the Ministry of Tourism for this aspect will make it possible for Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Tourism, Women  Empowerment and Trade  will be prompted to sit on the same table and come out with better policies to improve on the food system.  Other people and organisations that share in our visions will have to be engaged to foster this system. 

Given the multidimensional nature  of this food system,it is going to be important that all stakeholders and even other sectors concern with environment, water, child protection and even labour be implicated.


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Hi Nkwah Lekunga  welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!
It is lovely to see you draft out a Vision for your region that ensure access to healthy diets. How might you detail out your Vision to make it systemic and inspiring for stakeholders and people from your region?

Make sure you have reviewed your final submission through the Pocket Guide to support you through the final hours of wrapping up your submission. This will give you the most important bullet points to keep in mind to successfully submit your Vision.
Here is the link to the pocket guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o8WGMus6-V8GywWdlNwmCpk7I1fMVzcQ/view

Look forward to seeing your submission finalised by 31st January, 5:00 pm EST.

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Thanks Itika, we worked on it again and submitted so as to meet with the dateline. We are grateful for the cautions.

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We finally submitted. Thanks.