On 19 May, the World Bank published an article explaining how it finances CFAF 50 billion through the Agricultural Markets Investment and Development Project (AMIDP), which has enabled some 300 producer organizations in the North -Cameroon to increase their sorghum production.
To this end, the Cropsec Union (Conseil régional des organisations paysannes de la partie septentrionale du Cameroun), entered into partnership with AMIDP in 2014, developed a business plan to produce, collect, clean and market sorghum to agribusiness companies. It has formed a partnership with the agribusiness company Guinness, which buys sorghum to make one of its drinks. For their part, farmers, members of the union, receive inputs and produce sorghum, which they then sell to the union. The latter collects, cleans and repackages and resells it.
With the support of the project, the union was able to negotiate a better selling price, thus going from 15 000 to 19 600 FCFA, the bag of 100 kg (about 25 to 33 dollars). Between March 2016 and January 2017, 2000 tons of sorghum were cleaned and delivered to Guinness for a value of 392 million FCFA (about 659,378 dollars).
“Through partnerships between producer organizations, agribusiness buyers and financial institutions, the AMIDP project has improved sorghum production in the northern regions, so as to meet the needs of agro-industry, then to satisfy a large part of the demand of the national agricultural market, while improving the livelihood of local farmers, “says Myriam Chaudron, project manager for the World Bank .