Agriculture is by far the largest sector in SNV Cameroon, with 3 value-chain-based sub sectors. The approach in all sub-sectors will continue to be: capacity building for specific, critical improvements in production; awareness rising to ensure wide-spread understanding on key issues; multi-stakeholder processes for assessments, planning, implementation, and learning; market orientation/business development; and Public-Private Partnership.
The overall goal of the program is to improve livelihoods of 56,000 pastoralists of which 12,000 are women through increased productivity of the pastoral livestock production system and marketing of their products. We ambition to achieve this through following objectives:
NTFPs are almost exclusively sold by producers for cash to wholesalers for export. Production is mainly done by women and minorities, and thus the development of NTFP value chains is especially appropriate for their empowerment. The overall objective is increased profitability of cash crops for the rural poor within a framework of environmental sustainability. This will be achieved through:
For the cocoa component, In the first half of 2011, SNV Cameroon did a quick review of cash crop value chains where there might be a value-added niche. Several pertinent opportunities were identified, and in 2012 a more thorough assessment will be completed on cocoa, and the programme concept proposal revised accordingly. The total estimated number of direct, individual beneficiaries is 30,000 people focused in the centre and south regions, although the estimate of 5,000 beneficiaries for the cocoa program component is very rough because the programme is in the very initial stages.
In order to intensify SNV’s positioning in the agricultural sector, a quick review of food crop value chains was done at the beginning of 2011 to see if there might be a value-added niche for SNV and Maize value chain has been chosen. Interesting opportunities were identified, and in 2012 a more thorough assessment will be completed on the Maize value chain and the programme concept proposal revised accordingly. The total estimated number of direct, individual beneficiaries is 10,500 people in the North West and Far North regions, although this is a very rough estimate because the programme is in the very initial stages.