Cameroon is often referred to as “Africa in miniature” due to its incredible cultural and geographical diversity. It has a population of 22 million and one of the highest literacy rates on the continent, but the communities living there face many challenges. In North West Cameroon, more than half of people survive on less than $1.25 per day and life expectancy is just 55 years. Against a wider backdrop of political tension between French and English speakers, there is increasing competition over access to land and water between Mbororo cattle herders (a semi-nomadic minority) and crop farmers.
We’re working in partnership with local human rights organisations to reduce conflict between the cattle herder and crop farmer communities. Through our ‘Bridging the Gap’ project, we’re promoting intercultural dialogue with a view to reduce conflict and end the marginalisation of minorities, youth and women in the North West region.
“It’s because of this project that we now live in peace with the farmers” – Manou, cattle herder
Our current work in Cameroon is building on our past project, ‘In Search of Common Ground’. Watch our short film to find out more: