Chede et l’ESCAIA : Vers une plateforme de commerce équitable

« PAYSAN DU MIDI » – Vendredi 3 décembre 2010: Si les agriculteurs français se sentent étranglés par les intermédiaires et la distribution, qui, estiment-ils souvent, réalisent d’importantes marges sur leur production et leur laissent les miettes, que dire des producteurs africains ? Leurs produits, importés en Europe notamment, leur sont généralement payés à . . . → Read More: Chede et l’ESCAIA : Vers une plateforme de commerce équitable

Chede Selected for Cameroon Washed Coffee Pilot Project

Washed coffee

The Chede Cooperative Union is one of four farmer organizations in Cameroon selected by the Government to participate in a major national pilot project designed to boost the country’s dwindling coffee sector. Officially launched on 9 July 2010 by the Vice Prime Minister in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development (www.minader.cm), and the Minister . . . → Read More: Chede Selected for Cameroon Washed Coffee Pilot Project

Celebrating 2010: The International Year of Biodiversity

CHEDE, which means “abundant harvest” in the Muambong village community in South West Cameroon where the project was started in 1986, joins with the international community in 2010 to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity.

The rich biodiversity of the Chede project’s origin and geographical focus in Cameroon was aptly summed up by Richard . . . → Read More: Celebrating 2010: The International Year of Biodiversity

Vers un partenariat à long terme entre CHEDE et l’ESCAIA

Monsieur Olivier Rives, Directeur de l’ESCAIA (Ecole Supérieure de la Coopération Agricole et des Industries Alimentaires), basée à Montpellier, France, a rendu visite le 15 mai dernier, à Chede Cameroun (alias l’Union des Coopératives Chede au Cameroun). Il s’est entretenu notamment avec Michael Njume Ebong, Directeur Exécutif de Chede Cameroun, et Variette Mbakop, Responsable . . . → Read More: Vers un partenariat à long terme entre CHEDE et l’ESCAIA

Manos Unidas Visits Chede Muafcoop in Muambong

Manos Unidas, an international development NGO based in Spain, is a major development partner of Chede Muambong Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd (Chede Muafcoop). This NGO in 2009 contributed significantly to the funding of the construction of a 15 km Muambong – Abang earth road link and bridges to facilitate the evacuation of produce through . . . → Read More: Manos Unidas Visits Chede Muafcoop in Muambong

Cameroon Government’s Pilot Programme for Cocoa, Coffee, and Cotton (2P3C)

The Pilot Programme for Cocoa, Coffee, and Cotton (2P3C) is one of several initiatives by the Cameroon Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) aimed at increasing the productivity and produce quality of the commodity sector of the country. In 2009 the Pilot Programme provided a grant of 23 Million FCFA to Chede Cooperative . . . → Read More: Cameroon Government’s Pilot Programme for Cocoa, Coffee, and Cotton (2P3C)

Cameroon’s Emergency Food Programme Moves Into Stride

In the context of its emergency food security programme designed to boost food production in the country, the Cameroon Government has elected to partner with Chede Cooperative Union Ltd for the production of maize in Kupe Muanenguba Division. The government will provide Chede with basic inputs and Chede will organize and support its village . . . → Read More: Cameroon’s Emergency Food Programme Moves Into Stride

Chede Piggery Project receives support from United Nations Development Programme

Chede collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Cameroon has yielded a livestock project for the Muambong community in Kupe Muanenguba Division. This is a pilot pig farming venture based on modern piggery practices.

The project serves as a foundation for training farmers on the modern aspects of animal husbandry. The project is . . . → Read More: Chede Piggery Project receives support from United Nations Development Programme

Chede Network Members Receive State Grants

Three Chede network entities received in 2009 grants from  the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) totalling upwards of 30 million FCFA for the purchase of farm inputs for distribution to the farmers members of these entities.

The entities included Chede Cooperative Union Ltd which received 23 Million FCFA for the purchase of . . . → Read More: Chede Network Members Receive State Grants

Chede produces IRAD certified maize seeds for Cameroon farmer groups

The partnership Convention signed in 2008 between  Chede and IRAD (the Cameroon Research Institute for Agricultural Research for Development) includes Chede’s commitment to disseminate IRAD’s research products to the national farming community.  Improved  foundation maize seeds constitute one of IRAD’s success stories in the past decade of research work.

Chede is capitalizing on this . . . → Read More: Chede produces IRAD certified maize seeds for Cameroon farmer groups

Chede showcases innovative food products

In the past several months Chede’s Food Technology Division has participated in a series of exhibitions in Cameroon at which the Cooperative’s finished food products have been on prominent display.

The largest of these exhibitions was JERSIC 2009 (Journées d’Excellence de la Recherche et de l’Innovation du Cameroun) organized by the Cameroon Ministry of . . . → Read More: Chede showcases innovative food products

Chede takes concrete steps towards strengthening food security in Cameroon

Under the Chede partnership with IITA  (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture: www.iita.org), which dates back to 2007, the field testing of some IITA’s high yielding and disease resistant starchy food crops (plantain, banana and cassava) in  the Chede research farm in Muambong, has taken on a new dimension with the onset of propagation of . . . → Read More: Chede takes concrete steps towards strengthening food security in Cameroon

More Village Farmer Groups Join the Chede Cooperative Union

Chede continues to extend its reach to Cameroonian village farming communities as an increasing number of agricultural cooperative societies and Common Initiative Groups (CIGs) sign up as Chede village network members, a status that entitles them to Chede producer support services and marketing, amongst other benefits.

The latest members include:

Bajoh Area Farmers Cooperative . . . → Read More: More Village Farmer Groups Join the Chede Cooperative Union

Chede establishes a presence in the Bakassi Peninsula of Cameroon

Once a conflict zone claimed in the past decade by both Cameroon and Nigeria, the Bakassi Pensinsula is now fully Cameroonian following the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 10 October 2002, which recognized full Cameroonian sovereignty over the disputed territory, and the Greentree Agreement of 12 October 2006 by which . . . → Read More: Chede establishes a presence in the Bakassi Peninsula of Cameroon

UN Secretary-General: Cooperatives can help pull World out of recesssion

New York, Jul  4 2009  4:00PM — Cooperatives, based on the principles of self-help and reciprocity, have the potential to help address the global economic crisis, especially among the world’s most vulnerable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Cooperatives’ economic model is not based on charity, he said, noting that in countries affected by the . . . → Read More: UN Secretary-General: Cooperatives can help pull World out of recesssion

Chede Agric Project selected as international agricultural research test site

Building on Chede Partnership Agreements with the Cameroon Institute for Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and the World Vegetable Center, the Chede Agric Project in Muambong, Cameroon, has become a premier testing site for some of the world’s best research products emanating from local and international agricultural research institutions.

Uplands Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd expands cocoa nursery

The Uplands Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd is expanding its cocoa nursery in Cameroon by adding over ten thousand cocoa seedlings. Cooperative members have planted over the past five years or so over 100,000 cocoa trees.

CHEDE-MUAFCOOP prepares for bumper coffee crop

Chede Muambong Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd (CHEDE-MUAFCOOP) is actively preparing for the upcoming coffee campaign season which is likely to see a bumper crop.  About 500 tonnes of Robusta coffee will be available for direct export.