Description of Challenge
The HVAP program is addressing the issues of poverty, poor health and decent jobs. These challenges are being experienced by farmers in the local communities of Bafut but especially by the youth and women in these communities. These are however general issues which is threatening not only the local farmers, the youth and the women but majority of the local population.
The High Value Agricultural Product (HVAP) program was designed within the remits of the Paris COP21 Agreements and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The hands-on trainings I offer to local farmers is improving livelihoods for women and promoting youth entrepreneurship (SDG 8). The HVAP products we grow is driving access to healthy food and ensuring healthy lives as they are highly nutritional and medicinal (target 3).The HVAP program strives to alleviate poverty within indigenous farming communities andendeavors to promote food security and sovereignty in Cameroon through the growing of high value agricultural products using sustainable techniques(SDG 1 and 2).
So far, this program is improving living standards of farmers where in up to 5 women groups with over 230 members through the Cooperative set up by Better World Cameroon as they are being trained on sustainable farming techniques and are taught to grow high value agricultural products using these techniques. The local cooperative (BetterCOOP) created by Better World Cameroon helps to sell these products by promoting fair trade and limiting middleman influence thereby making the local farmers get what they deserve.