On the 25th and 26th of September, the Delegation of Agriculture and Rural Development Douala in collaboration with the World Bank Cameroon, organized a two days workshop which brought together prominent agribusiness, banks, large scale consumers of agric produce, large and small scale farmers of cassava and maize from the Littoral, West and South West Regions. The 2 days workshop was a continuation of an ongoing preparatory process which started on the 23rd of March 2013 for the launch of the PIDMA (Projet d’Investissement et de Développement des Marchés Agricoles au Cameroun) project.

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Mr Ngue Bissa, PIDMA Project Coordinator and Mr Sene, Rural Development Specialist at the World Bank Cameroon.

In an attempt to completely eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) together with the World Bank designed the PIDMA project which is tailored to respond specifically to the demand of the market by increasing supply and add value to products of Cassava, Maize and Sorghum.


GUINNESS CAMEROON SA presenting at the preparatory meeting.

Over the years, large scale agricultural product consumers such as GUINNESS Cameroon SA(GCSA), Nestle and CICAM have expressed their interest in sourcing Local Raw Material (LRM) for their production. Currently GCSA imports 80% of the raw material used in its production. However, GCSA hopes to move from the 0% to 50% of raw material locally sourced by 2015. It is for such reasons that the PIDMA project was designed; to identify producers of cassava and maize , bring them under a common umbrella and set up a system that links producers and consumers directly and aiding the producers with the right crop variety, standard and increase their yield to meet the demands and satisfy the currently identified market.

Farmers, Agribusiness owners and Banks at the Preparatory Workshop.

Of all the projects designed by MINADER to facilitate access to market and ensure food security, this seems to be the most viable because it covers the entire food chain; from provision of farm inputs to processing/transforming and marketing. Most often than not, the quality of products produce by the small scale farmers never matches the market standard of large buyers the reason why most is wasted or bought at very low prices. Ensuring that farmers use the right inputs of good quality will add value to their produce hence attracting better prices.

The project is will commence in 2014 and if properly carried out it is expected to impact the lives of many small scale farmers.


  1. I am a holder of a professional Masters equivalence in Agronomic Engineering from a five year intensive programme at the University of Dschang-Cameroon where I specialized in crop production. In terms of research, I am particularly interested in food security, agriculture finance, social and sustainable development, rural development and the sustainable management of natural resources. Driven by this urge, my end of course dissertation was titled, “Assessment of the contribution of local agroforestry systems to household food security in the western highlands of Cameroon: case of the home gardens” This study was within the framework of the Agricultural and Tree Products Program, termed, Food for Progress 2006. The project was designed by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). I worked in the project for one year eight months as a consultant for data collection and analysis. I acquired experience in fieldwork, project monitoring and evaluation, reporting, statistical data collection and analysis and the sensitization of the rural people. More so, I have worked with ICRAF as an assistant consultant on technical issues as stipulated on my CV. I have worked with the North West Farmers’ Organization as the Agricultural/Livestock Program officer. I am presently working as an Agricultural lending and collection Program officer in the Cameroon Cooperative Credit union League (Microfinance institution) where I am presently carrying out credit analysis and financial analysis in Agriculture Value Chain Finance for micro- and small size enterprise development. I have relevant work experience in drawing up credit files and presenting the credit file to the Credit Committee. Furthermore, I would like to point out that I was trained in Agriculture Value Chain Finance (Lending) by the International Project Consult based in Germany in a program sponsored by the Agriculture Finance Facility of the World Bank. I am presently working on the development of financial products (Cocoa, Maize and Cassava) in the South West Region within the framework of the CamCCUL-GIZ partnership progam I am well acquainted with MS Office.
    I wish to know If it is possible for me to work in the PIDMA project

  2. This is a lofty project which comes at the right time considering the fact that the Bamenda-Enugu corridor that is almost complete will greatly affect our market.
    The services of Agricultural Statistics in all the Regions have for a long time been working on organising the marketing of food crops and have invaluable information and data on market prices on some local selected markets.
    Working i collaboration with these services will significantly accelerate work for this project.

  3. I was informed about a project in agriculture coming named PIDMA and have no detailed information about the project. Can someone please get me detail information about this project??. I just completed my 5 years training in Crop production in the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences, University of Dschang and looking up for application in the real world.

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