FAP, Forest and Agroforestry Promoters

Quick Facts

Where in the world?

Cameroon, North West and West Region
How did it start?
Crop production hampered because of lack of irrigation.
Reliance on fossil-fuel powered pumps
contributes to climate destabilisation.
How were they suffering?
Expensive, fossil-powered irrigation meant either
damaging the environment with expensive equipment or facing reduced crop losses.
What did they do?
Through training and support for household small farms they offered solar-powered irrigation pumps to local smallholder farmers along with smallholder family poultry as well as solar Irrigation systems for market gardening to Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs)
How did it turn out?
The initiative has increased crop production
and food security, environmental protection,
poverty alleviation and community values, empowerment, employment and collaboration with government technical services and donors.


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The initiative wanted to provide access
to water for increased food crop production for vulnerable IDPs while reducing carbon emission from the use of diesel motor pumps. They also wanted to help internally displaced persons and help smallholders increase their chances of a livelihood.


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The project was implemented in four subdivisions which host internal displaced and vulnerable persons especially women from North West & South West Anglophone crises zones.

1)The Santa Subdivision (Population of 73,406, covering 533 km2 Area).

2)Ndop Subdivision (Population of 30,467, covering 4 villages).

3)Babessi Subdivision (Population of 49,208, covering 4 villages).

4)Foumbot Subdivision (located in Noun Division of West Cameroon).

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Solar water pumps allow the farmers harness sunshine to power the running of water throughout the day. Solar water pumps operate with zero carbon footprints and are eco-friendly.

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The initiative started with 20 small holder
farmers with 120 individual beneficiaries in 2016. By end of 2019 and till date, more than 600 household’s capacities were built on the use of solar water pump, totalling more than individual 3600 beneficiaries.


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The initiative has increased crop production and food security, environmental protection, poverty alleviation and community values, empowerment, employment and collaboration with government technical services and donors.

A total of 90 IDPs and host community beneficiaries started using solar water pumps in their farms (9.5 hectares). 115 IDPs and host community beneficiaries started 11.5 hectares market gardens. 60 IDPs and host community beneficiaries started smallholder family poultry (SFP) for nutritional and income benefits. 90% of the SFP and 85% of the gardens were owned and managed by girls and women.


Solar water pumps allow the farmers harness sunshine to power the running of water throughout the day. Solar water pumps operate with zero carbon footprints and are eco-friendly.

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