Off season organic vegetable production for sustainable livelihood

Producing organic vegetables in seasons of limited supply will regulate market prices and provide adequate nutrition all year round

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Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

PAID - WA

Year founded

1969

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $250k - $500k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 100 - 250

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Cameroon

Headquarters location: City

Buea

Location(s) of impact

Molyko, Buea town, Muea, Tole, Soppo and Mbunduma

Website

http://paidafrica.org/paidwa/

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/paidwa/

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

In the South West Region of Cameroon, precisely in Buea, the demand for tomatoes and other vegetables in the rainy is always more than the supply because of high rain fall and this leads to increase in prices. With this high prices, it becomes stressful and difficult for individuals to feed their households. Besides, most of these farmers depend only on vegetable cultivation for their livelihood thus making it difficult for them to make ends meet it seasons of limited supply.

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

The solution to this problem is the cultivation of organic vegetables in the greenhouse which will help to solve the problem of vegetable shortages in seasons of limited supply. To achieve this goal, student and farmers are trained on organic vegetable cultivation in the greenhouse and assisting them to build a local greenhouses for themselves. This will enable them to have vegetables all year round which will increase the nutrient intake per year for households and also income all year round. The most promising aspect is that it will produce organic vegetables which are full of nutrients and free of chemicals. This will help reduces some terminal illnesses caused by chemical fertilizers.

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

So far, this work has assisted more than 15 market women who depend only on our institute for their off season vegetables and more than 100 students and 45 farmers who now have knowledge on organic vegetable cultivation in the greenhouse. We hope to increase the impact with the construction of more local greenhouses to add with what we have. This has also help to reduce vegetable shortages for a given number of people and it is environmental friendly since crop cultivation in the greenhouse is free of chemicals.

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

This initiative is started with a one off grant from the institute to purchase two greenhouses. Presently the greenhouse is self sustaining since it has quick turn over per farming season and a fast return on investment making earned income to be 65% and grants 35% as of present. in the long run, this initiative will be supported solely on earned income making it to be financially sustainable.

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

Farming in the greenhouse is not a new initiative worldwide but it is not common in Cameroon either. Most farmers and organizations in Cameroon turn to concentrate more on mechanized extensive agriculture on large pieces of farm land with high inputs meanwhile using the greenhouse is cost effective and easy to run. It also uses less inputs with an increase in output which gives a quick turn over and return on investment.

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

This idea came up when students of agriculture requested for a better way to solve the problem of shortages and high prices of tomatoes and other vegetables in the rainy season. Given that fact that the population keeps increasing and decreasing the available farmland, the institute had to think of intensive agriculture and not extensive agriculture. As a way forward, and after some research, the idea of greenhouse farming came up and the Institute embraced it with joy and bought two greenhouses which we used as a pilot and the results are great. The institute then constructed another greenhouse with local materials and it also produce the same results that is when we realized that farming in the greenhouse was a solution to off season vegetable cultivation.

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