In addition to financing their activities, young entrepreneurs in this sector struggle to gain access to land.
By Léa Rose Wouatang (Intern)
The problem of financing and that of access to land are two difficulties encountered by young agro-pastoral entrepreneurs in Cameroon. It is undoubtedly to resolve these problems that Pea-Jeunes with the technical support of the International Labor Office (Bit) organized consultation workshops in Douala and Ebolowa, respectively from 12 to 12 November and 15 at 16 November 2020.
According to the organizers of the said meetings, their objectives are to facilitate young people and women, access to land; land tenure security for a better anchoring of their investment in the agro-pastoral field and to assess the current funding mechanism for agro-pastoral activities in the rural sector in order to be able to develop proposals to facilitate the access of young agro-pastoral entrepreneurs to the financing of their activities.
Aware of the challenges and opportunities of the agro-pastoral sector, young people have come together in a network in order to make their complaints better heard. Given the importance of the agricultural sector in the development of the national economy, several actors intervene in order to solve the financing problem. In addition to the State, private sector actors offer solutions for financing agropastoral activities. The Cameroonian State, with the support of its technical and financial partners, has undertaken to support the rural sector overall by providing a specific solution to the problem of access to financing. However, the crux of the matter remains. This insufficiency is manifested by “the weakness of self-financing, the weak mobilization of rural savings, the weak development of rural infrastructure, the weak structuring of peasant organizations, the weak capacity of credit management, among others”, learns. on.
At the end of these workshops, a collection of good practices for access to land and rural finance was validated and proposals for solutions were formulated to curb the obstacles encountered by young agro-pastoral entrepreneurs.
This article has was written and published first by Mutations