FORCED INTO URBAN FARMING
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CTA. 1997. FORCED INTO URBAN FARMING. Spore 67. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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George M M Asah, Bamenda, Cameroon: Structural adjustment, the CFA franc devaluation and resultant economic criseshave forced city dwellers to adapt their lifestyles considerably. Wane earners, including highly placed civil servants, who havehad...
George M M Asah, Bamenda, Cameroon: Structural adjustment, the CFA franc devaluation and resultant economic crises have forced city dwellers to adapt their lifestyles considerably. Wane earners, including highly placed civil servants, who have had their salaries drastically slashed, have had to turn elsewhere for family income supplement. In the North West province of Cameroon, in city areas, one can scarcely find any piece of 'free' land. This may lead to further problems: unfarmable land has been tilled and is at the mercy of erosion; playgrounds and town greens have been farmed, social tension is rife, where civil servants have descended to elbow out their traditional farmer compatriots, there is an influx of adventurers ignorant of, or with no regard for sustainable farming. Some newcomers, such as retired workers from the Agriculture Department, are quite experienced in the field. This brings new challenges for the agricultural extension worker, who should be groomed to cope with the new clients' levels of sophistications'
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