SIRDEP Begins its ‘Roots and Tubers’ Project

The SIRDEP team will be engaged over the next 12 months through the Roots and Tubers Market- Oriented Programme, commonly referred to its French acronym: PNDRT.  Launched in 2004, the Programme is a joint initiative between the Cameroon government (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 

The project seeks to improve marketing strategies for grass roots farming groups.  Implementation of the project is founded on three principles: ownership, partnership, and capacity development.  Over the next several months, two SIRDEP teams will be covering 15 villages within the Momo and Bamenda Basins, first identifying groups and harmonizing methodologies with the regional PNDRT branch.

Beneficiaries will then be selected based on criteria around level of productions, marketing of produce, level of organizational management, and management of equipment, among other criteria.  Selected groups will subsequently be further assessed and tailored training curriculums will be developed. 

Trainings in all 15 villages will take place, covering issues such as group dynamics, collective marketing, management, and maintenance of equipment, among others.  The trainings will be held in two phases, each consisting of two days.  Forty (40) participants will take part in the training in each of the 15 villages (600 total participants).  The teams will also facilitate the creation of management committees and policies to ensure that groups adequately maintain farming equipment.  Follow up visits will be conducted.

SIRDEP’s Agriculture & Economic Development component will oversee the execution of the project, with support from staff in the Social Development component. 

We look forward to updating the site as this project develops.  Please contact us with any questions or comments at sirdepconsult@yahoo.com (indicate “2011 Roots and Tubers Project” in the subject field).

-the SIRDEP team

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About SIRDEP
The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

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