Milestones of our 2012 Report

Just like for other years our activity report for 2012 was recently approved by our Board of Directors. The activities realized are based on what was planned at the start of the year while giving room for some important and urgent unplanned activities. To improve on the economic well being of farmers in SIRDEP’s areas of intervention, there was follow up and recovery of micro credits even with the use of forceful methods. There was also the training of root and tuber unions of farmers on group dynamics, financial management and Simple book keeping, Need identification and Planning, Collective Marketing and Collective Management of Equipment. These unions were followed up to improve on their functional capacities through restitution of trainings and proper documentation of group activities. In addition, 2 exchange visits were organized to drill farmers on the transformation of cassava into garri and water fufu. Farmers were also linked to input suppliers and assisted with negotiations and sales of their farm produce. Technical assistance was also given to farmers in the various production zones to enable them improve on their production capacities. Two sensitization visits were also effected to the maize farmers in Bali which was followed by a training session on improve maize production techniques, followed by the provision of inputs in the form of credits.
In order to enhance Social Development in communities, orphans and vulnerable children of school going age were assisted with basic school materials for the 2012-2013 school year, while those that were previously supported were visited to assess their performance. There were trainings on engaging women in decision making processes at Tubah council, participated at the International Women’s Day and International Day of the Rural Woman celebrations. A handbook on human rights was prepared and we are sourcing for funding to produce in large quantities and distribute. We also carried out sensitization workshops on HIV & AIDS prevention and care.
During the year, activities geared towards promoting local initiatives for mitigation of climate change, promoting forest management and regeneration, and strengthening networking with partner organizations were carried out. These activities included: a research on carbon programs, environmental education in primary schools, tree planting in schools and communities, water catchment protection, monitoring and backstopping of activities of agro forestry farmers and participating in network activities. These went a long way help in the protection of the environment and natural resources thus mitigating the effects of climate change.
The elaboration of Development Plans for three councils (Mamfe, Zhoa and Elak Oku) was completed. There was the routine Transfer of Function (ToF) monitoring activity that involved analysis of various reports from partners and field visits to the various projects. SIRDEP also manifested interest to render services to various partners and development stakeholders. We also carried out activities geared towards the marketing of the organization notably through participation in public events and the regular updating of our blog site. Opportunities were provided for university students and some graduates to boost the development of their careers in various fields. There were also activities geared at strengthening organizational management and creating new partnerships.
SIRDEP’s activities were monitored by senior management staff and the Board of Directors. The Board members held meetings to discuss pertinent policy issues and propose a way forward to management for the proper functioning of the organization.
Our main activities, results and achievements can be downloaded here!SIRDEP’s Main activities and achievements for 2012


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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