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August 02, 2015

Cameroon's Ndanifor Permaculture Eco-village in the news

Mostly away from the limelight, there are innumerable efforts by locals all over Africa to address the perennial issues of dealing with issues of declining soil fertility, yield losses due to climate change, poorly accessible and expensive farming inputs and many others that plague small scale farmers.

Permaculture is one such ideology/group of methodologies. Spoken of passionately by its practitioners as part of 'sustainable agriculture' particularly suited to small scale and resource-poor farmers, it is pooh-poohed by others as unrealistic romanticism by opponents of 'modern' agriculture.

 Ndanifor Permaculture Eco-village in Cameroon has been featured in an article by IPS. While the article delves a little into the motivations behind the founder's efforts, it is unfortunately very short of specifics about actual farming practises, lessons learned and challenges faced, or results. The photo used to illustrate the article shows little to give one the impression that the no doubt well-intentioned initiative is yet doing or achieving much. Perhaps it's early days for the effort.

 The website of the mother organisation, Better World Cameroon, is unfortunately not any more forthcoming on actual work going on, although there are pitches for donations of various resources and materials.

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