Several studies point out that the exploitation of NTFPs in Cameroon
intensified after the economic crises of the 1980s. These studies also
indicate a fast depletion of the wild stocks. One of these NTFPs is
Eru, a highly priced and harvested wild vegetable found in the forest
regions of Cameroon.
In response to this depletion a Forestry Research Project in Kumba,
Cameroon initiated domestication work on Eru in the early 1980s. This
pioneer work was later taken over by the Limbe Botanic Garden (LBG). By
1999 LBG had already researched and developed sustainable ways of
cultivating Eru for both income generation and biodiversity
conservation purposes. To apply this research output, the technique
developed to cultivate Eru out of its natural habitat (domestication
model) needed to be transferred to farmers and forest users. In 1999
therefore, LBG organized a training workshop on the domestication of
Eru. Amongst the trainees were farmer groups from 4 villages in the
Mount Cameroon region.
After the training the group of farmers from Mile 4, Limbe decided to
stay together so as to share experiences on the knowledge they had
acquired. They adopted the name Centre for Nursery Development and Eru
Propagation, CENDEP. CENDEP was therefore created in 1999 as a
grassroots organization and legalized as a Common Initiative Group
(CIG) on the 19th July 2000. It has its headquarters at Mile 4 - Limbe,
Southwest province, Cameroon.
CENDEP later embarked on extending the skills and knowledge acquired
to other farmers in the region in order to promote the conservation of
the resource and to improve the livelihoods of the farmers. CENDEP has
evolved to address other environmental needs as well as needs of
grassroots farmers, recruited skilled personnel to meet emerging
challenges and extended its activities to other parts of the Southwest
and Northwest provinces of Cameroon.
Besides the initial technical and financial assistance obtained from
the exited DFID-funded Mount Cameroon Project Limbe, CENDEP’s
contribution towards poverty reduction and environmental protection at
grassroots level has progressed so far, thanks to financial and
institutional support from national and international donors and other
strategic partners. In order to respond adequately to the needs and
challenges among its target population and to fulfill the dual need for
livelihood improvement and biodiversity improvement, CENDEP’s vision
to become a lead organization in Cameroon engaged in building
capacities of grassroot organizations for the sustainable management of
natural resources and in the production and marketing of non timber
forest products and agricultural products of economic importance
towards poverty alleviation.
Its mission is to assist and/or train local people in the
domestication, sustainable production and marketing of NTFPs and
agricultural products of economic importance and in the sustainable
management of natural resources.
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