EBAFOSA Cameroon launching ceremony in Yaounde

The launching ceremony took place on the 11th of March 2016 at the Municipal Circle in the nation’s capital Yaounde witnessed by a good representation from Civil society organizations of the North West Region.

The theme for the launch was “to contribute to the resilience of food security in Cameroon”. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country representative outlined that Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) was created as part of the United Nations Environment Program to contribute to food security and to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Continental coordinator also mentioned that EBAFOSA seeks to combat food insecurity, climate change, ecosystems degradation and poverty in Africa. To achieve this it is usind an innovative approach that decentralizes the development and application of the policy solutions in the least bureaucratic channel to ensure immediate results are recorded at the grassroots in an inclusive, participatory way towards achieving the SDGs.

As part of the launching ceremony, there was the display of regional agricultural products. The North West regional delegation made up of 6 members from 4 different organizations (COMINSUD, NOWEFOR, Terre des Jeunes, and FAP) exhibited products like honey, honey wax, rice, coffee, processed soy beans and ginger, irish potato, spices and bitter cola.

With our experience in the areas of food security and protection of environment and our approach of working with communities we can surely provide good expertise to this platform.

Introduction of EBAFOSA to Civil Society Organizations in the NWR

Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) is a continental framework that advocates a culture of Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) towards the attainment of food security, sustainable agriculture, ecological productivity, as well as job creation, poverty reduction, value addition, and sustainable industrial development in Africa

EBAFOSA is the first Pan-African policy framework that provides a platform for all stakeholders including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to develop and adopt policy solutions to promote EBA driven agricultural approaches which are essential for climate change resilience, ecosystems productivity, agriculture and food security. Through this platform, EBAFOSA sets to foster partnerships through branch formation in each African country including Cameroon.

The first regional information sharing and planning meeting held on Friday, 19th February 2016 with 18 participants from 16 organizations in the Mezam, Boyo and Ngoketunjia Divisions at the COMINSUD Hall. This meeting had as objective to share information on EBAFOSA as well as establishing a regional bureau.

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Ambe Bruno (COMINSUD) encourages participants to show interest within the platform so as to represent the Region well at the upcoming National Launch.

From a presentation on the content of EBAFOSA, it was worth highlighting the vision, mission, objectives and benefits to CSOs.

Vision
A food secured Africa with sustainable ecosystems.

Mission
To provide a framework for ecosystem based adaptation that ensures food security in Africa.

Objective

  • To promote environmentally friendly approaches to food production
  • To promote value addition for all EBA products by efficient technologies
  • To develop a regional monitoring and evaluation instrument on EBA

Benefits of EBAFOSA to CSOs

  • Provides a platform through which their mandate can be delivered at a broader scale, hence benefit more people
  • facilitates continental peer learning in techniques, approaches etc. for country NGOs from counterparts across the continent
  • fostering of technical capacity building for local NGOs through interactions with diverse stakeholders and especially research institutions, and the private sector

Mrs. Yeloma Ruth, an EBAFOSA member who attended the meeting in Yaounde on the visit of the Continental Coordinator to Cameroon on the 19th December 2015 shared some feedback from the meeting. Some key discussions went around the type of crops having proven added value, which could be cultivated in the North West Region apart from maize and cassava and also, using efficient techniques to upscale EBA driven agriculture in the  North West Region (NWR).

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An North West Regional EBAFOSA regional bureau was established with five executive members from different organizations whose duties commenced instantly.

Conclusively, participants were encouraged to continue carrying out awareness raising and for more organizations and individuals to jump on the EBAFOSA train.

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Representatives from 16 organizations in Mezam, Boyo and Ngoketunjia Divisions get knowledge on EBAFOSA.