Agriculture for Local Development

The Agriculture and Local Development (ALD) research group has an principal objective to contribute to innovations that enable agriculture to contribute sustainably to local development. Food security in Cameroon is a major challenge

 

Smallholder Farming

Smallholder Farming

 

Food security is not simply a function of production or supply, but of availability, accessibility, stability of food supply, affordability and the provision of adequate quantities and qualities of safe nutritious food at all times. Within the current food security debates, issues of food quality, stability, sustainability, access and diversity have been over looked. Access to safe, nutritious and adequate quality food is a human fundamental right as declared in 1996 World Food Summit in Rome. Although the world food production has increased substantially due to the modern/conventional farming technologies, many individual households  in the developing countries are still food – insecure. Food insecurity in many developing countries have been exacerbated by increased population growth, poverty, environmental degradation, extreme weather conditions, high food prices, food export restrictions, and demand for bio-fuel crops, as well as an increased use of cereals to feed animals.

 

Non timber forest product at local marketA sustainable agricultural system depends on a range of conditions for optimum productivity, which are generated by natural ecological components and processes as well as artificial enhancement by the people. Our main goal is to contribute to sustainability in environmentally friendly agricultural technologies that contribute to food security. In this way, we aim to engage in research and provided technical support in the following areas of food and agriculture:

  • Agriculture and land use policy
  • Food supply chain
  • Organic Farming and agro forestry
  • Animal husbandry and welfare
  • Post-harvest technology