Promoting Community Wildlife Management
This project was born to curb pressure on endangered wildlife species and improving the living conditions of forest-dwelling communities through the provision of viable alternative enterprises other than illegal hunting and trade in bush meat. We work with local populations in the Bakossi National Park area and the Southern Bakundu Forest Reserve in the SW Region of Cameroon to address the plight of threatened wildlife species such as chimpanzee, drill, elephant, Prunus africana by raising awareness against unsustainable hunting practices and rising bush meat trade as well as disseminating knowledge of wildlife policies and regulations to forest communities. We achieve this through capacity building, equipment and inputs support as well as organizing local people into Wildlife Management Groups (WMGs) and Conservation cooperatives as local structures to monitor and check illegal hunting activities at community level.
Environmental Education in Schools
We carry out Environmental Education program in primary and secondary schools with pupils, students and teachers to enable them develop analytical, career and thinking skills in environmental protection and organic agriculture. We equally assist these youngsters to plant trees on campus, set up school gardens and campaign against environmental degradation through drawings, songs, drama and recitations. Some of the vegetables produced are sold and the money used to buy teaching aids and the rest to pupils and teachers to improve family nutrition.
Promoting Prunus africana Conservation
Due to the plight and importance of Prunus africana species we contribute to its conservation through domestication, sustainable harvesting and use. We work with men, women, youths, students to raise awareness on the importance and plight of Prunus africana and assisting in establishing Prunus nurseries and promoting on-farm planting of the tree as well as developing other strategies to ensure its perpetuity.
Promoting organic food production and processing
We support women and youths in organic food production (food crops and vegetables) as a source of income for families and improve local food security. We achieve this through training on sustainable agricultural practices, provision of improved planting materials and equipment. We also support food crop processing by providing multipurpose food processing machines to add value farmers’ produce.
Promoting Small-Scale Livestock Production Enterprises
We support local communities take up small scale livestock production as a source of protein and income for families. We achieve this by training on modern livestock techniques, providing improved piglets and chicks, farm tools and assisting farmers set up and run livestock enterprises. In addition, CAD runs a livestock credit scheme, otherwise known as Passing Over-the-Gift.
We offer training and support to famers in beekeeping. This training enables them to make hives and protective clothing from local materials, managing honeybees, collecting honey safely, handling and storing it hygienically. Here we train underserved young people in modern techniques of beekeeping as a way of self-employment and income generation. We also support these beekeepers by linking them with honey buyers to enable them raise substantial income to sustain their livelihoods.
Enhancing community health and access to potable water
In a bid to contribute to national urgencies in the reduction of prevalence of water-related diseases to ensure a healthy life. Our interventions are mainly focused on support and prevention activities such as provision of potable water, sanitation facilities, Hygiene & sanitation education, water catchment protection, capacity building of community health agents and education for behavior change.