The Baka Project
The project conducts agricultural training courses for the Baka, such that they are able to cultivate edible crops including corn, cassava (manioc), groundnuts (peanuts) and macabo. Cultivating these crops guarantees long-term nourishment.
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Father Sergio Janeselli, together with some project technicians, explains to a visitor how the project's micro-plantations function The Baka traditionally got their nourishment from the rich diversity offered to them by the tropical rainforest, including meat from the animals and other food from edible plants. However, intensive commercial hunting, the opening of roads into the forest (for logging trucks) and systematic deforestation has reduced their natural resources drastically.

The project conducts agricultural training courses for the Baka, such that they are able to cultivate edible crops including corn, cassava (manioc), groundnuts (peanuts) and macabo. Cultivating these crops guarantees nourishment for the Baka and their families in the long run.

A school has been setup for agriculture to help the pygmies. Technicians from the school — hired by the project — establish ‘micro-plantations’ near the camps (“pygmy villages”) to grow these plants. The pygmies are invited to learn and get “hands-on” experience in planting and harvesting these crops, such that they may continue to grow these at each of their camps. Tools (such as machetes, spades and wheelbarrows) as well as seeds and saplings are distributed to the pygmies so as to enable them to start their own plantations in forest clearings.

Other activities of the project: Health and Sanitation  ·  Education

 

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The Baka Project  ·  PO Box 4018, Yaounde  ·  Cameroon  ·  Tel/Fax: +237 223 61 19  ·  bakaproject@sitewala.net


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