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LE PROJET DE DÉVELOPPEMENT RURAL PARTICIPATIF ET DÉCENTRALISÉ DE GRASSFIELDS

The Government of the Republic of Cameroon and the African Development Bank on the 8th of January 2004, in Tunis, signed a loan agreement N°2100150007061 amounting to 15 million UC (equivalent to 10.5 billion FCFA) for the financing of project N° P-CM-ABO-001 called the Grassfield Participatory and Decentra-lised Rural Development Project with acronym GP-DERUDEP or commonly referred to as the GrassfieldProject, which was declared effective on 23 February2005.

The Grassfield project, which has a lifespan of 6 years, is one of the African Development Bank’s participation to the implementation of Cameroon’s Rural Development strategy adopted of which the National Participatory Develop-ment Programme is one of the frameworks for implementation. The implementation of the Grassfield project hinges on four components namely, Agricultural Development, Capacity Building, Support to Rural Infrastruc-tures, and Project coordination and management.

The strategy adopted for the implementation of the Grassfield Project relies on decentralized rural development at community levels. A central role is given to partnership, dialogue, consultation, empowerment and the participation of village communities, producers, development partners, governmental services and private sector operators. This project is closely supervised by MIDENO within its framework of its activities.

OBJECTIVE

General Objective

The overall objective of the Grassfield project is to contribute to the reduction of poverty in the rural areas of the North West Province of Cameroon by reducing by 10% 

the number of households below poverty line by end of the sixth year.

Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of the project aims at :

- Increasing by 20%, the income of small rural farmers in the North West Province through increasing agricultural output by the sixth year, and
- Improving the socio-economic environment of the rural farming population.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

The project’s expected outputs to enable the realization of the above objectives are grouped within the relevant project components as follows :

Agricultural Development

The expected outputs of this component are :

- Increase agricultural output, through

  • Expansion of arable areas
  • Intensification on existing farms raining of producers
  • Facilitate agricultural/livestock integration, through
  • Promoting short cycle livestock rearing
  • Improving animal health and promoting the establishment of veterinary surgeons in livestock areas

- Facilitate the marketing of agricultural produce, through

  • Enabling access to marketing facilities for requested communities
  • Ensuring the effective functioning of the Market Information System of the Provincial Delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and rural Development.

- Ensure environmental protection

- Ensure rational management of natural resources, through

  • The development of a Rural Space Occupancy Plan

Capacity Building

The major outputs expected of the capacity building component are as follows :

- Train 35 Community Development Agents of the Ministry of Agriculture and rural Development.
- Train 320 municipal councilors from all the councils of the North west Province
- Ensure community planning and programming, through

  • Strengthening of 3500 professional organizations
  • Training of 20 Trainers in adult literacy for literacy training

- Build capacities of Agriculture Professional Organisations for better management of their production sub-sector
- Sensitise 12,700 persons in contributing to the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and endemic diseases.
- Establish a rural community radio.
- Procure an audio-visual specialized vehicle for

Information, Education and Communication trainings.

- Recruit two technical assistants

  • One Community Development Specialist
    - Chief Technical Adviser for 3 years
  • One Monitoring and Evaluation Expert for MIDENO, for 2 years
    - Establish 50 CVECAs from local njangi credit schemes.

Support to Rural Infrastructures

This component specifically aims at :

- Facilitating the marketing of agricultural produce, through

  • Rehabilitation of 247 km of agricultural service roads in the province

- Improve on the living conditions of the communities with a view to increasing the incomes of farmers, through

  • Financing the construction of community development infrastructures, using the Local Development Fund
  • Training of local project management committee members.

COORDINATOR : MULUH Gregory NGUH / P.O. BOX 1116, BAMENDA - TEL: 33 36 10 07 - 77 77 30 00

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