Cameroon parliamentarians seek support for research
World Vegetable Center Director General Marco Wopereis and Regional Director for West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions Victor Afari-Sefa met the President of Cameroon on 21 June 2017. Impressed by what he learned from Marco and Victor, the president asked ten parliamentarians from the north and far north regions of Cameroon to visit WorldVeg activities in Yaoundé on July 7.
Research Associate Regine Kamga briefed the lawmakers on the important role vegetables play in reducing poverty and malnutrition in Cameroon, especially in the northern part of the country, which is currently facing food security issues due to the Boko Haram insurgency. Research on improved onion varieties and practices for onion seed production have been conducted by WorldVeg in Cameroon.
The parliamentarians are seeking support for research to boost agriculture in Northern Cameroon. “Seed stocks are disappearing as consequence of climate change,” said Mr. Abba Kabir, head of the delegation. Worldveg stands ready to assist in the development of agriculture throughout the country.
Story and photos: Regine Kamga