From degraded pasturelands to climate-smart livestock production systems in northwest Cameroon
DANILO A. PEZO, MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM, AJAGA NJI, JONATHAN AGWE, AND CHICK HERMAN AZAH
The Tugi Silvopastoral Project (TUSIP) is a climatesmart livestock and pasture management pilot program that was introduced in the village of Tugi in the Gutah Hills of the Northwest Region (NWR) of Cameroon in January of 2010. TUSIP is a World Banksupported initiative of South-South Cooperation between the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE) based in Costa Rica, and the Akwi Memorial Foundation, which is an NGO based in the NWR.
Crop-livestock systems are the most prevalent form of agricultural land use in the Gutah Hills of Cameroon. Livestock production is one of the main livelihood strategies used by families living in the area, and throughout the larger NWR enabling them to accumulate assets and capital that can be crucial in ensuring the survival of their households in times of crisis. Livestock also provides a major pathway through which poor rural families can improve their incomes and social status. However, the combined threats of food insecurity, under-nutrition, poor health conditions, and climate change subject these communities to serious stress, limiting their ability to cope with each respective threat and undermining efforts to reduce poverty.