Working with small scale farmers on improving agro-enterprises to combat the effects of climate change

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

This project could be a fit for you if you are interested in giving workshops on how to use agroforestry technologies in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. GLEN interns should have knowledge in environmental science and/or agriculture and should feel comfortable with speaking in front of bigger groups. Teaching experience would be a plus. By participating in the project you will gain practical knowledge on drivers of deforestation and climate change, about the social life in the community and the management of water sources.

Mendel Foundation (MEFO) was founded in 2005, consists of three volunteers and operates in the sector of rural environment protection and agriculture in the Bambui region of Cameroon. The foundation aims at enhancing sustainable environmental and agricultural techniques in small workshops.

Due to the increasing population which is putting pressure on the availability of natural resources of the area, the Bambui region is especially prone to climate risks and water problems. In may cases chemical insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers are used which are polluting the water system.

The project aims at improving small scale farmers’ knowledge and skills in agroforestry to strengthen their agro-enterprises by providing them with leguminous tree seeds for increasing soil fertility. The project is designed to adapt to and to mitigate climate change effects and, in the long run, to improve income structures and livelihood of small scale farmers. The GLEN interns will hold workshops for community members with the goal of providing information on tree nursery establishment. Moreover, other relevant topics are the maintenance and integration of trees into farming systems as well as the use of agroforestry technologies.

The scheduled time period for the internship is three months between 1st July and 30th September 2017.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by one French and one German participant who will cooperate with a Cameroonian intern.

Program component: GLEN GéCo

Language(s): English, basic French

Topic / area(s) of interest: Climate Change, Agroforestry, Farming, Rural Development

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Environmental Science, Agroforestry, Education

Field(s) of study: Social Science, Environmental Science, Agricultur

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Agroforestry, Education

Period of the internship: 3 months between 1st July 2017 and 30th September 2017

Country: Cameroon

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Mendel Foundation

Classification of the internship in the development fields:

Number of the internship: 50004002-1211


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