How Growing Trees Helps Fight Poverty in Cameroon

“If I’m a farmer in Cameroon the true reality is that I’m not part of the value chain of cash crops on international market. I’m the victim of the prices, fixed every year by big companies” says Dr. Zacharie Tchoundjeu, Regional Coordinator for the World Agroforestry Centre of West and Central Africa, and 2012 National Geographic/Buffett Award recipient.

For decades, this has been the tragic reality for many African farmers. Prices for cash crops like cocoa, coffee and rubber are fixed by corporations. There are no government subsidies to make up the loss in income when they sell their crops at a lower price. What’s worse, the raw materials of these cash crops cannot be used for the farmer’s most immediate need: putting food on the table.

Originally published on the website of National Geographic

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