SIRDEP Extends Outreach to Women Minority Groups

SIRDEP has expanded her outreach to pastoralist women (Mbororo and Aku) dairy cooperatives in Bali and Wum, both communities in the North West Region of Cameroon. The cooperatives are “Tumu de Risko” dairy cooperative in Wum and “Surabaraka” dairy cooperative in Bali. Made up of pastoralist women, they needed skills in cooperative governance and financial management, milking hygiene and techniques as well as the handling and processing of milk.
In a meticulous manner SIRDEP organised workshops with the members of these dairy cooperatives on the themes mentioned. The trainings that were sponsored by Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) Cameroon, were geared at empowering the pastoralist women with cooperative skills for them to be able to do their dairy cooperative business with ease. The various topics treated were:
 Cooperative Governance;
 Financial Management and Control;
 Milking hygiene and techniques;
 Handling and processing of milk.
The husbands of the co-operators were present for all the workshops given that they play a major role in the dairy cooperative chain as owners of cattle. They were schooled on the importance of allowing their wives to milk their cows, to be used for the processing of the products.
The knowledge gained will help these women to better manage their dairy cooperatives. Improved management will lead to better quality dairy products such as yoghurt, cheese, milk beverages and sweets. These products will be sold to local markets and beyond that have been identified. This will go a long way to fighting poverty among the Mbororos and Akus of these communities thus improving their standards of living.


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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