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Innovative Solutions to Poverty in arid regions of Africa

Help farming communities to help themselves! This project will work with men and women living in the arid region of the Sahel to seek appropriate and sustainable solutions to environmental degradation, conflict, reducing agricultural productivity and the effects of climate change. By working together with communities, innovative strategies will be developed to provide long-term answers to poverty and hunger in a harsh climate.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (299717)





  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • OtherOther



Farming in arid zones is a tough proposition - but one faced daily by farmers living in the Sahel region of Northern Cameroon for whom agriculture is the only source of food and income. Degrading pasture and limited water supplies causes conflict between pastoralists and agriculturalists and the area has a wide mix of cultures and traditions. The project aims to bring these divergent communities together to explore innovative solutions that enable farm families to increase productivity whilst conserving, and even replenishing, soil, land, trees and water. Community support in the form of leadership training, group dynamics and conflict resolution will ensure they can work in partnership, agreeing common solutions and establishing co-operatives, thus creating a new generation of entrepreneurs.