Society for the Promotion of Appropriate Technology and Housing, Cameroon


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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 11:09 AM, ,

Volunteers in Bamenda

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Volunteers again on site, In Bamenda at CAT, As well as in Alahkie at RDC (May2017):

Renate Perner and Lutz Fluegge coach Trainers, who pass on their knowledge to the Kids Club children. This time, as handicraft, chains were made from old paper. and in the context of Appropriate Technology, a toy with a reaction-drive.

Marlis Bartkiewitz-Schmid has worked in Alahkie at the RDC, as well as RUC in the area of treatment with traditional medicine.

Professor Pintsch was active in Bamenda and Alahkie. A proposal for infra-structure development between Bamenda and Malabo has been developed and a wood-saving furnace system introduced by CAT and the RUC in Alahkie. A presentation will take place in the next days at the Ministry in Yaounde.

The infrastructure proposal is to be seen in the context of the situation between the French and the British backgrounds and shows new ways, no matter how the current situation develops.

Additionally, a discussion took place between the departmental head for traditional medicine and the department head for Appropriate Technology of the RUC and its Vice Chancellor , Prof Pintsch, with the involvement of journalists.

For this year, another film is planned, the local participants would like to carry out an exhibition of the project in 2018.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:27 AM, ,

Royal Guest House in Cameroon - A sample of Preservation of Cultural Heritage

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:28 AM, ,

About some considerations regarding Holistic System

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by Prof Pintsch / IPC, FBTC 

In various discussions concerning:  
- holistic 
- open and 
- closed system

different approaches were established. Although the foundations are the same, the arguments are different.

Out  of the nature based system with its holistic approach developed in an open system with its ever-increasing industrialization a totally fragmented way of thinking.

Tasks were increasingly more thought out with the side effect that that auxiliary factors were increasingly disregarded, which impacted the economy and led to the prevailing growth-oriented approach. This fact stands in contrast to the verbal assurances regarding environmental protection, resource protection, etc.

Growth and prosperity for all is suggested and the exploitation of the planet is forced, which affects the academic training as well. The consequences of the approach are rising costs in society and falling tax revenues, with tremendous growth of virtual money; the money supply stands in stark contrast to unproductive activities.

The closed system invariably results in a more concentrated way of thinking, which despite all differences, comes not even close to the holistic approach.

Mutation of the System

Result of fragmentation, also in field of science, in the XIX. Century, is the beginning of industrialization.

The originally holistic (complete) approach, in science the universal worldview, as it once prevailed, for example with Alexander von Humboldt, began to fragment itself increasingly.

In the German language the term "culture" as a preamble, has a special importance.

Diverse cultural factors result shape into a new culture; the influence of which can be decisive on the others.

There were times when the religion (Inquisition) was the determining factor in Europe, - nowadays it's the economy dominating with its influence - in research and science.

Faith and knowledge intersect into each other. Strong faith leads to knowledge and the knowledge becomes ignorant of how important the faith is.

Thanks to the fragmentation. a new approach developed and the holistic approach was gradually pushed back. Problems are therefore not resolved but postponed at short notice and for economic reasons; Problem shifting instead of problem solving!

Rising academic approach increases the gap between theory and practice, so that, accelerated by digitization and globalization, major structural changes occur, which affectall fields of culture.

The knowledge gained here leads in all areas invariably to eruptions and to misunderstandings, since the Digital (incl. Virtual Reality) appears to be superior to the original approach and the human intelligence with its inherent processes of complex hormonal and biochemical interactions is absolutely underestimated.

Add to that the fact that the laws of nature are valid only on this planet and the human being as subject and object at the same time is not able to come out of himself.

He is trapped in himself, while he is being altered rapidly through the technical advancement without realizing the consequences and without recognizing the changes.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2:35 PM, ,

Our Cameroon Fish Market crowded by imported fish

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by Aaron Yancho Kaah

Cameroon boast of a steady fish market in sub-Sahara Africa yet much of the fish consumed in the country is imported. This has brouht a complete hard ship for farmers who depended on this sector for survival.

Of late low local production has led to a hike in prices. "Fish which use to be a source of protein for the common man and most low income earning households is now consumed by the rich". Bonue adoph a fish trader in Bamenda, Cameroon remarked.

To fix these challenges, Cameroon government in 2011 through the ministry of fisheries and livestock initiated broad-based community campaigns to get more farmers involve in inland fish cultivation. Statistics estimated 176.000tons of fish was produced in Cameroon annually with only 1000tons harvested through the aquaculture sector or inland fishing projects. This represented 0.1% of the national production index according to Mr. Keng Wilfred Nshom of the ministry of trade and industry. "Despite the available natural resources that provided a good level ground for quality and quantitative fish production, sustainability in the sector was still a major challenge"Wilfred Remarked.

Cameroon spents close to 100billion frances cfa each year to supplement the production deficit which is estimated to cost 230.000tons of fish according to officials in the ministry of livestock and fisheries.

Nonetheless a few passionate fish farmers have been brazing the storms to make a fine living out of the sector. Chief Agaki Solomon in the south west region of Cameroon posits that a year of good harvest brings good fortunes for his household. "But unfortunately for us the harvest is never the best," he said.

Pond fish farming actually started on Cameroon in the early 1950. The lack of adequate infrastructures and institutions to boast the sector had seen it limping from challenge to the next. To go by the findings of Pouomogne V and pemsl in a publication entitled the Development and Status of fresh water aquaculture in Cameroon in 2008, The fish sector in Cameroon is far from realizing it potentials. The research affirms that, "Fish is a preferred protein source for most rural households because it is cheap as compared to other protein sources like meat , chicken or beef."

Although there is a big challenge for fingerlings stirring this sector in the face, many obstacles still abound. Finance to open up fish farming projects, the lack of well-organized farmer self-help groups, the lack of good fish farming skills and the dominant use of earthen ponds rather than modern structures leave the sector at a want for help.

In the rural communities where most farmers are poor and want to fine hope and a better life in the sector, the absences of good fish varieties and poor feeding systems of the ponds aggravate their woes. "we just keeping struggling.... and struggling". Edge Sophia a fish farmers in the Bambalang village in NW, Cameroon affirmed their difficulties.

In Cameroon earthen ponds are the commonest fish farming structures for inland fishing across the country up to date. "This has resulted to low production ... and without any benefits from the sector many of our farmers are bound to leave the sector"..Nguma Mamah a fish farmer in Ndop said. The resulting consequences have brought untold suffering for these rural poor. "We lack income for urgent needs and can't maintain a balance diet as well".Mamah remarked. The urgent wish at hand is to upscale production. But all these dreams are still live in the hands of the poor farmers who see very little efforts coming from government to help them cope.

This lack of motivation is snow balling not only in to poverty but unemployment for the rural youths.
In Mbengwi sub division of the NW region of Cameroon alone there are at least 250 fish ponds owned by some 160 fish farmer initiatives. But not all of these ponds are active. "The enormous challenges and the lack of means to improve production are demoralizing factors". One of the fish farmers Ndi Samuel remarked. The harvest for these farmers is mostly at end of year meant for family consumption. "Very few farmers have surplus for sale in the local markets," Samuel said.

One point that gets attention in this community is that the Ku-Bome fish station a government sponsored fish fattening and fingerlings producing projects is operating below its capacity. Their objectives to follow up farmers and to educate them on the benefits of this sector are still only on paper. From the initial stages, 35ponds were pinpointed in this pilot project. "The lack of water hampered the smooth functioning of these ponds as only 8 are operational" Sammy remarked. Two of the dams that were expected to be supplying water to the ponds had long collapsed. The lack of staff to keep the vision of the project had poised another challenge. Anyangwa Theophile and his secretary are the only full time workers in this project. Theophile regrets that alone he cannot follow up farmers in the remotest and land locked areas of the division without a vehicle. Theophile has not relented too. His been encouraging farmers to show the same interest and commitment to fish farming as they do for poultry and pig farming. "Farmers invest in pig breeding because over the years they have learnt that it can yield them good income" he said. Theophile has a proposal. " I think NGO can boast the sector by providing fingerlings, feed and technical follow-up to the farmers to help them reap the benefits of their labour" Theophile opined.

A farmer who has taken the bull by the horn in fish farming is pastor Jessy Ngang in the city of Bamenda. Ngang is spearheading a project aimed at encouraging inland fish farming at the semi urban villages around Bamenda. Yet the inertia in the sector is still unabated. "The lack of financing and technical follow up are the main challenges" He said. On the whole proper organization of the fish farming sector could boast household income, nutrition and create jobs for the youth across Cameroon.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2:29 PM, ,


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by Aaron Yancho Kaah, Bamenda / Cameroon

There is a buzz of excitement in the air for some 35000 coffee family farmers’ in the North West Region of Cameroon who now constitute an extended network of Hope and Self-reliance under the North West Cooperative Association (NWCA). This cooperatives recent tireless crusade to build the capacity of these coffee farmers and to improve their lives through incentives with basic farm inputs and better financial remuneration has provided new safety nets to lift the production capacity of this Association from almost zero tons of coffee in 2013 to 850 ton’s in 2016. “2017 promises to be another year of progress and success” Recounted Fonguh Peter marketing manager of this cooperative.The new general manger of NWCA - Waindim Timothy Ntam, has proven that the simple but powerful act of collecting, processing and marketing of cocoa and coffee can benefit farmers and their communities if well articulated. 

“Working to bridge the long standing gaps between our member’s and cooperatives we have proven that sustainable development is possible” Remark the GM. Working and doing business with some 12 Secondary Unions and 43, Cooperative Producing and Marketing Societies across the region, NWCA is braving the storms to tactfully manage the obsolete equipments at its disposal to meet its needs and demands. “We are determine to keep moving step by step in building the formidable value chain of taking coffee from the farm to the cup despite all the odds” said Timothy. And true to this endeavor, at least 96 packets of coffee are processed a week form organic green Arabica coffee beans farmed across the Region. 

NWCA was built with the sweat and pennies of farmer’s in the 1950, as the only leading farmer organization in the NW Region of Cameroon. This association is accredited for having helped its member’s source income for their personal emergency needs and development. “This was the hope of farmers”. Recounted the- GM. Waindim Timothy who had work for this association in various portfolios in the last 16years also recalled that it was thanks to this association that the first sheets of corrugated zinc were nailed in houses across the Region. “Things were shaping up well but the liberation of the coffee sector in the early 1990’s changed the farmer’s involvement with the Association” The GM lamented. The resulting consequence led to a decline in coffee production. The lack of land, limited resources and the sensitive nature of the Arabica coffee to the climate changes made a bad situation worse. Hardship rocked the Association to financial debts. “Not wanting to give off, desperate times called for desperate measures” He added. So without hesitation the cooperative went into some structural internal reforms and the global marketing of some of its finished products.


With enough action, this Association began processing and distributing the beans of the green Arabica coffee into powder-rich in flavor and aroma. Processed with care and craft, every crisp and a mouthful of tea coffee celebrate not only one of Africa’s mountainous coffee beans but kola tree shade grown coffee in Cameroon. ‘To identify with our region and our coffee farming system we opted to name this final product as KOLA coffee” remarked the GM. According to Achu Frederick, the coffee roaster of this cooperative of cooperative -The adage that he who brings kola brings life has summoned up the taste and sunshine in kola coffee tea. The credibility in handling this venture successfully saw NWCA breaking into the US market in 2008 under the kola coffee company LLC. “Our principal objectives were to invade the US markets with this kola tea and to enhance our cooperative visibility”. The GM added. To say the least this dream was nibbled in the bud due to limited financial means. In keeping the steam afloat, recent quality controls of the coffee bean’s and modernize processing techniques which involve the processing and packaging of this Africa’s indigenous tea has continuously kept Kola –Coffee a trump card for resurrecting cooperative. “For the moment NWCA has plans to take this product to the wide world and they are visible plans to improve the production and marketing capacities” added The GM.


Some NWCA projects are specifically designed to help NW farmers adapt to the climate changes. “Seasonal uncertainties had long obstructed the coffee growing season the high prevalence of pest and diseases also became a big worry for us “the GM said. These climatic changes, brought in by high temperatures also distorted the metabolic process in coffee beans bearing. Form statistics 1*c rise in temperature led to approximately 137 kg lost in production for one hectare of coffee farm land. . All these evidence gave rise to the Agro-forestry strategist which NWCA now propagates across the region. “High canopy kola nuts trees are cultivated side by side with the coffee plants to help reduce the high day time temperatures” the GM said. This shade grown coffee projects also benefitted ecosystems and biodiversity as these shade trees save as habitat for birds and wildlife. Through this shade grown coffee, farmers benefit high food crop yields in areas like Oku, Belo and Donga Mantung as the leaves of these kola nut trees are rich food crop and plant fertilizer. “This Kola trees also provide kola nuts for food and extra additional income for these farmers” remarked Mbah Linus a farmer in Boya division and an active cooperatives member.

This method portrays a site specific adaptation strategy to help mitigate the effects of climate change on the coffee sector in this region of Cameroon. No doubt this has curved a unique niche for NW coffee. According to North West Cooperative Association management grevilea is another tree species which is highly encouraged to be cultivated. All these integrated tree planting projects will boast land security and care for the earth in this region

This cooperative dreams for a better future on the coffee business sector is very interesting according to its Waindim Timothy Ntam. He proudly opines that the future will be very engaging at the national and international levels. “Owing to the fact that most NWCA farmers fall between the 58-60 age brackets across the Region, more dynamic ways are being introduce to get youth into the sector and to boast production” he recounted. . This is a magic wand the cooperative is counting on to sustain its business around its cherished farmers across the seven divisions of the region. Though private buyers and middle men have not helped matters for the farmers and for the cooperative in the past years, NWCA is more determine to help every farmer to enjoy the sweat of his labor through good pay according to the General Manager. “While our dreams are wide we are more self-confident to build a stronger vibrant Association of NW coffee farmers and to continue to thrive in cooperative and in synergy with the Cameroon government” He added. There is already good news in the making. NWCA has signed (MoU) Memoranda of understanding with the Italian Farmers Union to assist it articulate projects that will better and lift the aspirations of the association in the near future. “At the heart of this partnership will be the creation of Micro-Financial Institution that will serve as a bank for our farmers”. The GM said with a smile.The North West Cooperative Association is looking to the world with open arms to solicit for partnerships and grants that could help steam up good life around the coffee farming sector in this part of Cameroon. Mr. Waindim Timothy Ntam and his team of collaborators are also in a notable struggle to get the NW green Arabica coffee beans certified at the world market as part of its Foot steps Towards Progress.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 12:30 PM, ,

Gods gift’: Cameroon s Latest Health Care Therapy

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By Aaron Yancho Kaah

Bamenda Cameroon....July 1st 2016...

Tony Bafon is many things. He is an inspirational and motivational public speaker on salient issues that have to do with the qualitative and quantitative human development, a NATUROPATH certified medical practitioner after several years of training and a senior social worker with the Cameroon civil service for more than a decade.

If well defined, Tony has a desire to serve and by all accounts is also a brilliant gentleman as many listeners of the Cameroon talk show morning programs on CRTV will attest.

It was this simple motivation and passion serve that set Tony on a path to almost endless possibilities. After several years of experiencing the social health woes and ailments faced by Cameroonians, this gentleman couldn't shake the feeling that it was time to help. “When the opportunity presented itself for me to engage in a therapeutic online studies on how to handle and managed these diseases, I immediately went to work" Tony will recount of himself. The essential idea behind Tony’s mind was to conquer the most tormenting outbreaks like hypertension, leprosy, HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and lung and breast cancer worries.

By accommodating his scientific knowledge to natural fruits and by articulating well elaborate scientific skills and technique that deals with foods and vegetables to cure diseases, Tony by 2013 curved a niche for himself.

But what happened! Tony simple discovery was amazing. With some special African leaves like black tea leaves, garlic, lemon and etc Tony extracted the juice as a first step. "My professional training guided me on how to process and distill the final product" Tony said. The first bottling gave Tony an idea to name the product Gods gift. Quiz on this name, Tony said after running pass all sort of hurdles to arrive at this product he saw every need to thank God his own words he decided to gratify the almighty for blessing him with such a reward. "Owed to my faith I saw Gods gift as a gratification to the giver of life” he said.

There is already a lot extra ordinary in God’s gift. A young man in the outskirt of Bamenda who suffered paralysis for years has testified to Gods gift and his miraculous recovery ...An ailing old woman who couldn't afford treatment due to limited money resources has graciously wished Tony well and good luck in his project. Scores of HIV and AIDS sufferers who faced diet challenges have reverted to Tony with gratitude after seeing renewed hopes in their lives. Poking my nose through Tony’s book of numbers this reporter sees tears well off Tony eyes. “This are tears of joy and satisfaction following the overwhelming acceptance of my drug “Tony will say.

Recent demands in the market for Gods gift have shaped Tony's production capacity. “Every week I process 200-300litres of God gift " he remarked. This gift now travels many roads across Cameroon to private homes and business sites. While they remain every season for Tony to strive harder, all is not a bed of roses. Tony takes a deep breath when he asserts that his daily financial input is not equal to his expected material or financial gain as most of his clientele are poor families with limited financial standings. The research scopeof this ongoing 4year running project is too wide and broad. “I have to work ceaselessly to deal with people of different social standing, sexes, ages and diet setbacks “he reflected. On this research scoop Tony is counting on international and national partnership with open arms.

Tony has made and still keeps some personal prayers like making this charitable venture a more value chain scheme with field workers, lab technicians and drivers. All this dreams will help this illustrious Cameroonian to use his magic God gift liquid to save humanity from what he considers are all diet offsets. And who doubts if this wish will not flower into something remarkably in the medical world?

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