Fruits for Schools

Fruits for schools seeks to establish orchards in 50 orchards (25 Primary schools and 25 colleges), for kids to have access to fruits

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Organization name

YODO Cameroon

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $500k - $1m

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 100 - 250

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Cameroon

Headquarters location: City


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The idea is to promote socioeconomic and environmental responsibility in upgrading nutritional standards in schools. An orchard will change the mentality of children and will contribute significantly to sustain stable income for schools, stimulate the planting of trees to mitigate climate change and encourage healthy eating at school which will lead to healthy eating habits. Provide all year round fruits to children in school/

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Only about 2 in 100 children who go to school in our area eat fruits every day. Fruits for schools will mobilize the community to engage in an unprecedented improved fruit trees planting. This entails that the rural masses shall be able to participate in the improvement of their standard of living as community members shall have access to quality fruits at affordable prices . What is learned in school is never forgotten, so the fruits for school project is also an indirect way of introducing improved fruit tree species to communities and bringing back the old day orchard in school milieu. It will empower school environmental clubs and encourage youth environmentalists to take the issue of climate change and global warming serious. Fruits are used as a high energy food. They are also valued for their medicinal properties and have a very profitable markets

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Our tree nursery which is the starting point of this idea has revamped lives in people given that any tree planted brings water and water is life as well as binds together all socio-economic development initiatives that foster sustainable development.
Trees planted anywhere help to improve water quality by lowing down storm water runoff and reducing soil erosion. They also help lessen flooding. In the woods, trees trap and use up excess nutrients. The trees we planted along the marshy plots have acted as a buffer, retaining as much as 89% of the nitrogen and 80% of the phosphorous that runs off the adjacent land. V Planting such trees will change the mentality of children and will contribute significantly to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper-PRSP which provides sustainable approaches as prescribed in the MDG

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Since Fruits for Schools Project is generally aimed at reaching schools and stimulating the notion of tree planting, the sustainability of the project depends on the schools environment clubs. Trees are not like table birds that every market, a new band is bought, once productive, the lifespan a tree would last for at least 75 years. Our main source of income is from sales of plants we produce in our nursery and the small tree planting program

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Innovative because it ties with the three focus areas: Water, Nutrition and Rural Development

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

The idea of Fruits for Schools came to us the first time students of Government School High School Mbu-warr visited our nursery. We were shocked that out of the 377 high school students, only one person has seen a grafted tree. We then thought of an idea on how we can introduce improved fruit trees to schools, that will be able to produce fruits all year round. Actually, introducing trees that can bear fruits within 3 years as compared to the poorly selected seeds that take more than 10 years to produce the first fruits can change the mentality of children and encourage them to each plant a tree. Since planting a tree is the best gift a child can give to humanity, the children will be the ones to do the planting.

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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha

Very promising project that groups important important of the life of all the people. Education, health and nutrition. Congratulations for the initiative.

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