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Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

Cameroon tomato farmers count losses to wild weather and lockdown

Aug 02 2020

YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tomato farmer Gregory Ngwana is used to good years. But this season, wild weather - too little rainfall and then too much - has paired with Cameroon's coronavirus lockdown to slash harvests, make transport difficult and drive away buyers.

Cameroon conflict turns climate-stressed farmers into 'food beggars'

Jul 30 2019

DOUALA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - John Tabi, a cocoa farmer from Cameroon's Southwest Region, barely ekes out a living selling water sachets in a refugee camp in Douala, after fleeing a separatist insurgency back home.

FEATURE-U.S. guitar firm tunes business to protect Cameroon ebony

Jul 02 2019

YAOUNDE, July 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Companies that use wood grown in Cameroon - from makers of guitars to electricity poles - are helping revitalise endangered tree species to better sustain their businesses and bolster the fight against climate change.

Cameroon farmers spice up earnings with forest-friendly foods

Apr 03 2019

MBALMAYO, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lucy Muke, a farmer in Mbalmayo in south-central Cameroon, pointed happily to the pile of processed and bottled liquid pepper, ginger and garlic in front of her door, which she planned to supply to supermarkets in the capital Yaounde.

Electricity-hungry Cameroon boosts solar energy in push for rural power

Jan 28 2019

MFOU, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Adrienne Ngonou's 25-seat restaurant used to open from 8 am to 5 pm, shutting it doors as the sun began to go down. But these days it's open until 11 pm - and her profits have tripled.

From chicken to billy-billy, invasive pest brings hardship to Cameroon

Jun 28 2018

TOMBEL, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Joan Makia, 45, a farmer in Tombel, a town in Cameroon's Southwest Region, stares out at her 20-hectare maize farm, unable to hide her fear.

As Cameroon prepares for the African Cup of Nations, trees fall

Jun 01 2018

YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cameroon has cut thousands of hectares of forest to build stadiums, hotels, roads and housing to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations - a move that could lead to worsening urban flooding and droughts, the country's environmental groups warn.

Seed farms help Cameroon's climate-hit farmers shore up harvests

Mar 14 2018

BUEA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers in Cameroon struggling with the effects of prolonged drought are finding relief through a government-supported initiative to give them access to better crop seeds.

Cameroon's forest people pay price for country's hydropower ambitions

Jul 25 2017

PANGAR, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting in front of his mud house in Pangar, a forest village in Cameroon’s East region, Mokuine Anatole sharpens his machete in the early morning sunlight, ready for a day’s hunting.

Extreme weather threatens Cameroon's hopes of becoming a cocoa giant

Jun 07 2017

BUEA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cameroon’s plan to more than double cocoa production by 2020, moving the country up the global ranks of producers and improving incomes for its farmers, is under increasing threat from extreme weather, according to the state support company for growers.

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