Why are EPDA programs unique?
EPDA’s programs, projects, and activities enable low-income communities to improve their quality of life through agricultural transformation, sustainable environmental practices, and alternative sources of income.
Agriculture Development Program (ADP)
Agriculture is the backbone of most rural livelihoods in Cameroon. The highest proportion of impoverished Cameroonians, as well as the fastest increase in poverty-stricken people, are found in rural areas. Some of the causes of this rural poverty include: limited opportunities for agricultural and non-agricultural employment; inadequate access to technology, education, market opportunities, financial services, and natural resources; resource depletion and an inability to adapt to climate change; and policies that overlook rural communities.
The ADP is a much-needed response to the plight of these under-served rural communities, and is one of EPDA's core programs. ADP's agricultural transformation strategy improves agricultural training for youth and farmers and provides technology for these individuals to either begin farming or increase agricultural production. In doing so, ADP helps rural peoples of all ages, genders, and ethnicities influence policy decisions on smart agricultural production as well as on rural poverty reduction.
Environmental Sustainability Program (ESP)
The earth exhibits stunning biodiversity. Unfortunately, global climate change is threatening the natural balance of this planet in ways that are not always apparent to low-income rural communities. On one hand, there is an ever-increasing demand for resources such as water, energy, food, minerals, and land, which is driven by growing populations. On the other, these valuable resources are increasingly depleted by ecosystem changes, weather conditions, declining resource productivity, and climate change (UNEP 2011).
ESP is a multifaceted strategy that uses research to enhance children's, adolescents', and women's understanding of current environmental trends, and to foster both individual and collective actions in favor of environmental sustainability. ESP projects include, but are not limited to: tree planting, data collection on local climate change; promotion of sound environmental practices; waste management; campaigns for good environmental policy; promotion of access to drinking water and basic sanitation services; and promotion of effective natural resource management.
Social and Economic Development Program (SEDP)
This program recognizes the potential of rural low-income people to improve their communities through capacity building, social inclusion, and entrepreneurial projects. SEDP promotes education; alternative income opportunities; community-based ecotourism; the formation of women's and farmer's cooperatives; and microenterprises for traditionally marginalized groups such as youth and women.
Microfinance Program (MFP)
The microfinance program seeks to promote the financial resilience of low-income communities by equipping them with the means to transition into a green economy. Specifically, MFP focuses on forming community support groups; promoting savings and credit activities within these groups; training community members to manage support groups; and connecting these associations to banking institutions that can provide credit and loans.
EPDA takes pride in each of its programs, and encourages your involvement with one or all of these dynamic, grassroots projects.