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Understanding Sustainable Integrated Farms of Africa

A better understanding of our communities can help us on a global level

“As a vision based on the U.N.’s sustainable development goals, the legacy I will wish my communities in Africa and rural communities in Cameroon in particular is that, I dream of a community free of poverty, zero hunger but if not all it should be remedied and reduced to the fullest ,I dream of sustainable communities that is” living for the future”—Alain Sakwe, SIFA, Cameroon

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Alain is a 35 year old man who created SIFA (Sustainable Integrated Farms of Africa) as a solution service for communities in his nation of Cameroon.
SIFA is focused primarily on rural communities and making the communities understand the benefits of sustainable agriculture in our rural communities so as to achieve our goals which include, No Poverty, Zero hunger which has hijacked our communities.

Creating a better understanding on sound farming techniques,utilize little land and yields high harvest can enable a sustained livelihood. Ethically sound farming techniques such as:

Making people aware of the use of fertilizers, the hybridization of seeds, intensification of agriculture, capacity building on young entrepreneurs, encouraging the youth on sustainable farming, sensitize them on the need of initiative groups to alleviate poverty and thus reduce hunger within the communities, and creating a better awareness of climate change (which has deeply impacted our agricultural prone communities,

As a vision based on the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, I dream of a community free of poverty, zero hunger but if not all, it should be remedied and reduced to the fullest, I dream of sustainable communities that is” living for the future

Please tell us about where you live, the values and life in your community, and some aspects that people in other communities might not yet know or understand

I was born and raised in Dikome Balue. My family is a family of four where my parents and the two boys all come from the same clan and speak the same dilate The people here are called the Balue people which is a clan in Oroko ethnic group in Ndian Division, South West Region of Cameroon. Dikome Balue has a diverse culture with similarities within the ethnic group.

About Us:

Language: their local dilate spoken by the people is “Balue” dilate. And English and French are our national language spoken all over Cameroon.

Hospitality: the oroko ethnic group as a whole with Balue people are hospitable, in meeting new people since it is inborn as part of their culture.

Their ways of life is one of the best you can find, they are welcoming to everybody, and this is social to everybody that comes their way. We like creating a good impression to others, by doing so, they believe their good name will be spread all over.

As a visitor you are regarded first before anybody. Any visitors visiting the communities for the first time are taken to the local chiefs, treated with respect and provide you with palm wine to chill. You are then served with our traditional meal from the communities and afterwards you are told the stories of the communities.

Food: We have many varieties of food which is located in our tropical forests with rich soil that supports agriculture. They have crops such as plantains, cocoyams, and yellow coco just to name a few as the communities are rich for varieties of traditional meals.

Tradition: We have one of the best traditions which is still natural and very rich. It’s one of the traditions which has not been tampered with. .Each year we come together to celebrate traditional festivals and pray for their ancestors for more blessing, prosperity, good health, more children and bountiful food.

Dress code: Like any other communities, we dress the same as any civilized communities in the country but have special traditional dress codes that includes traditional regalia: white shirt, red cap, some beats with locally fabricated cloth.

Where were you when you realized your “calling”

I was working in a local council municipality as development officer and then as an entrepreneur in cocoa as sub buyer. So this provided me with a lot of motivation to achieve and grow.

When I was a secondary school boy, I always dreamt of eradicating poverty and hunger since the consequences affects the rural communities where I grew up with my grandmother. I always saw what the communities were going through, helpless and abandoned which provided me with a vision to lead on.

I had already experienced a lot of need assessment,community mobilization. This included meeting the village communities around my area, organizing meetings knowing their concern and they always came to me for assistance and information on sustainable farming. I heard, learned and experienced their stories, livelihood and experiences and since these stories were from a community where I came from, I knew their problems and the root causes of them. Additionally, I spoke their ethnic dilate so they find it comfortable to talk to me and express their worries and problems,since they believed that through me, their concerns would be heard and therefore, eventually remedied.

How did you go about attaining this?

We are in a very large ethnic community, since I could easily understand and communicate with the people here. I had to do a lot of community mobilization,oral chatting with the youth,male,female,aged,disabled and less privileged which needed to be assessed. I was able to gather villagers in the communities and organize meetings and through then i could listen to their problems and their needs. At the early stages, I had little to offer other than motivation to accomplish something great for the community, as I was already sensitive to their needs. Based on a participatory approach, I was able to understand their stories, their needs and wants, as well as their view on a changing world, the challenges, their livelihood and their obstacles. As stated before, I knew this community well and we were all comfortable to speak with one another and trust each other.

What type of obstacles did you face?

Some of the obstacles I faced are just are unbearable to other communities in the developed world.

I had to travel over long distances to meet the rural indigenous people in the community. That is one of the issues affecting many communities in Africa and Cameroon as a whole and rural communities in particular which is a major concern and upon reaching them, each community wants assistance in one way or the other but I had little or nothing to do at that level.

Another important obstacle is that of finance, there is inadequate capital to provide them with farming equipment, since they are using local methods of farming, organize capacity building so as to motivate and sensitize them on sustainable farming.

Most rural communities I visited to acquire important data don’t trust new face coming from other communities within the same ethnic group thus for you to tap information it takes a lot of energy, days after days to achieve that they think you are there to tape information or their culture and develop your own community of origin.

Therefore you must be gender respectful, believe and appreciate what they do, practices, show spirit of devotion to your goals there, also there is an issue of tribalism in rural communities amongst the communities.

What type of emotional or spiritual support did you have from your family and friends or did you set out on your own vision?

Ever since I was a young boy growing, I always had my own ideas and visions. With my interactions with people in rural communities, I learned of their vulnerability and being prone to poverty—a trigger of hunger, poor education and malnutrition, and understanding put me in a better way forward and thus energize and provided me with a driving force towards realization of a vision or goal for sustainable communities.
What were the motivating forces that helped you maintain focus

Ever since I was born and grew up in a rural community, I was able to learn from every experience and situation I came across,as a result,it keeps on pushing me to find better ways to enable their voices to be heard.

It is very difficult to understand the gravity and the effects of extreme poverty and the needs for the Sustainable Development goals to be enabled; these actions can take place everywhere, but the situation in Africa as a whole and in rural communities is so unbearable…..it is really hard to imagine unless you find yourself here. Living here triggered my motivation to focus on sustainable solutions for the dreams that I have for our rural communities.
Please tell me about where you live, the community….the people who live there, what they do, what family life is like, what happened to the children that caused the current situation and

I live in the English speaking part of Cameroon. I am from the Dikome Balue Indigenous community, an oroko tribe connecting many communities which speak the same dilate. There are about ten clans that makes up the Oroko ethnic group including Dikome Balue clan. Our family lives are both monogamous and polygamous marriages. As African they extend relatives and long family relations as their family. Most of them are peasant farmers and sustain their family with little amount of produce from the harvest.

The head of the family can marry as many wives as he chooses and they are entitled to have many children as he wishes, but they consider male child first, as the heir apparent to succeed him when he dies. So the male child can take over what the father left. In many cases, families feel that the larger the family, the greater the harvest obtained since many hands will be there to do the work,as they commonly believe many hands make light work.As for many of the children, they remain “trapped” in the system, and only few children extend their education for a better tomorrow.

Most do what their father does by practicing “traditional” methods of farming. Most people are either somewhat educated or uneducated.

With extreme poverty, there is bound to be a low standard of living. And due to hardships, many people become fatherless and motherless. Extreme poverty pushes hunger; and even when there is food harvested from the farm, some do not eat well, leading to malnutrition amongst the children.

How do you find yourself working towards solving some of these problems in your community?

I find it important to create importance awareness of sustainable farming so people can learn how they can sustain themselves on agriculture. To educate communities on the importance of intensive farming, utilizing modern farming techniques including tools, fertilizers so people can learn how to produce a higher yield with little farm lands.

Also, to educate communities on how to utilize available resources without depleting these resources for future generations.

To elevate youth entrepreneurial programs that motivate their mindset, especially young people who find themselves doing very little.

It is essential to enlighten communities on Sustainable Development goals and how they all interact with each other, and a deep focus on Zero Poverty, Zero Hunger which is essential problems facing many African communities.

-Poverty, food prices and hunger are inextricably linked to poverty causes hunger. Not every poor person is hungry but almost all hungry people are poor. The root causes of these are:

– Lack of education leads to economically strained communities thus leading to a cycle of gender inequality, poverty and hunger.

– It is one of the forces turning the wheel of sustainable development in Africa anticlockwise.
– This issue is not a voluntary act or wish of the people to remain illiterate, it is due to their inability to afford even basic education.
– The dishonesty and heartless system caused by our authorizes put in place, for their own selfish interest.
– lack of infrastructure , lack of roads makes movement impossible to move in the case of rural communities to sell your product long distance walk to access basic services or sell produces takes time , money this keeping families in poor, isolated communities.
– Conflict, this also cause poverty as many infrastructure are destroyed leaving behind their assets.
– Climate change, climate issues like drought, flooding and storms affect communities already living in poverty since.
– Little or no access to clean water and nutritious food, poverty causes hunger and water people from accessing clean water but hunger and water insecurity are also reasons why people escape extreme poverty.
– lack of reserve , people living in poverty do not have the means for recovery for example when drought break up there is little or no money saved on hand to help , this might lead to hunger.

What are some of the goals of your initiative:

-END HUNGER,ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVE NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE;improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Hunger is the leading cause of death in the world. Our planet has provided us with tremendous resources, but unequal access and inefficient handling leaves millions of people malnourished. If we promote sustainable agriculture with modern technologies and fair distribution systems, we can sustain the whole world’s population and make sure that nobody will ever suffer from hunger again

–Promotion of sustainable and resilient livelihoods for vulnerable households, especially in the context of adaptation to climate change
–Promotion of integrated approaches for alleviating child hunger and under-nutrition
-Strengthening of capacities to generate information allowing for improved policy-making and advocacy.
–This involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices: improving the livelihoods and capacities of small scale farmers, allowing equal access to land, technology and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity.
-End extreme poverty in all its forms, including hunger, child stunting, malnutrition, and food insecurity.
Describe fully the name of my initiatives and what you do?and what legacy will you like to leave the world?
-I find it important to create importance awareness of sustainable farming so people can learn how they can sustain themselves on agriculture. To educate communities on the importance of intensive farming, utilizing modern farming techniques including tools, fertilizers so people can learn how to produce a higher yield.
Also, to educate communities on how to utilize available resources without depleting these resources for future generations.
To elevate youth entrepreneurial programs that motivate their mindset, especially young people who find themselves doing very little.
It is essential to enlighten communities on the Sustainable Development goals and how they all interact with each other, and a deep focus on Zero Poverty, Zero Hunger, which is the most essential problems facing many African communities.
— As a vision based on sustainable development goals, according to the UN,the legacy I will wish my communities in Africa and rural communities in Cameroon in particular is that, I dream of a community free of poverty, zero hunger but if not all it should be remedied and reduced to the fullest ,I dream of sustainable communities that is” living for the future”..

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