Title: The test Publication
In this paper, we showcase the experience and reveal the key to success of the Twantoh Mixed Farmer Common initiative as a viable Agroforestry Resource Centre, and also as a self-sustaining business in the North West region of Cameroon. The paper begins by narrating the history of the group as an on-farm tree domestication and vegetative propagation demonstration site for the Cercle Internationale pour la Promotion de la Création (CIPCRE) and later the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF-WCA). The paper discusses the reasons and strategies for its successes and its frustration of not succeeding to gain direct financial benefits from its research partners and other donors. Key success factors include: members’ commitment to take advantage of agroforestry and vegetative propagation knowledge learned from its partners; dedicated leadership; progressive visibility; and increased demand for improved planting materials and their integration into existing and new farms both from small-scale and elite farmers. We further demonstrate how the group has split into more than five satellite branches yet they maintain a strong network which permits them to respond to a huge demand for planting materials that reach 20 000 plants in some cases worth about XAF 25 million a year. From an agroforestry trial plot in the early nineties, we also exemplify how and why MIFACIG has now diversified its activities into animal rearing, bee-keeping, horticulture, organic gardening and agricultural tourism. As farmers we suppose that our model can be replicated by other producer groups around the world.Go to full publication
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Title: The test Publication update
The Neo Synthesis Research Centre (NSRC) has from 2001 to date been engaged in the restoration of riparian vegetation alongside banks and gullies in the upper reaches of the Mathatilla Oya, Maragala Oya, Bolgoda Ganga, Hulu Ganga, Rakwana Ganga, Lemastote Oya and Maha Oya as well as around Lake Richmond in Haputale. The vegetation used in the landscape design of the riparian buffer zone mimicked the natural forest vegetation of the area. If the buffer zone was inhabited with people who had tea, home or vegetable gardens, efforts were made to induce trees in the area adjacent to the water body and convert cultivation to adopt organic regimes. However, most of these areas also suffer from a lack of sanitation. Hence issues include the intrusion of faecal coliform bacteria into surface water bodies, further compounding water quality. Toilets have been constructed although many more are required. Restoration has, in all instances, been undertaken with the participation of the community.Go to full publication
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This document addresses ICRAF's policy for acquisition and distribution of tree genetic resources, access and benefit sharing, including of technologies and information related to tree germplasm. The policy is intended to facilitate awareness of and compliance to the international agreements that guide access to germplasm and information.
The genebank is instrumental in the supply of agroforestry tree germplasm for ICRAF domestication programs and to research partners. A few samples of available agroforestry tree seeds are availed for research. For bulk request, the genebank assists sourcing for quality germplasm from national partners where the species may be available. For seed requests download the seed request form or you can place an online seed order by clicking here.
The objectives of the Treaty are the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their use. Being a signatory to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, ICRAF genebank distributes the agroforestry seeds via the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).