At least 25 internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the on-going Anglophone crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon have graduated from three months vocational training organized by Key Farmers Vocational Agriculture Education and Training Centre Kumba. The graduation ceremony took place on the 2nd of June 2019 at Key Farmers head office in Kumba. Speaking at the occasion, the National Coordinator of Key Farmers Cameroon Etchi Daniel Jones advised the IDPs to use the acquired skills in job creation in order to improve their deteriorating conditions and those of their peers.
The three months vocational agriculture education and training for IDPs was seen as an obligation from the organization in fulfilling its own humanitarian response plan that would enable IDPS who are badly affected by the Anglophone crisis in acquiring useful skills for self-employment since they have lost everything including their farms, livestock, personal belongings, food crops and even some of their family members. During the three months vocational agriculture education and training, the IDPs were drilled in the following courses: Mushroom cultivation and marketing techniques, modern fish production systems, small backyard poultry farming, Rapid plantains multiplication (PIF), modern agroforestry farming systems, pig production and commercialization, Fundraising and project proposal writing skills.
Upon graduation, the inspired IDPs established a mushroom production farm in a neighbourhood in Kumba and are soliciting for donations to enable them create fish farms, poultry and pig production enterprises, in order to generate income to sponsor training of other IDPs in other affected communities in the two English speaking regions.