Roseline Njih Egra Batcha and Paul Tchawa, Cameroon


Roseline Njih Egra Batcha, is my name and I am a Cameroonian from the Santa area in the NW region. Currently I am a PhD. Student in the University of Yaoundé 1 and on research. My research focus is on ‘Land use dynamics in the Western highlands of Cameroon. I have interests in mainstreaming gender partnerships in climate change, food security, disaster mitigations, land use decisions and land grab issues, land use planning and modelling, as well as in the IT/GIS systems in fostering sustainable development. I enjoy teaching, and bridging environmental concepts into the business and communication world.Some of my strong passions out of my academic and career life is in sports, dancing and music, reading novels and playing with kids. Meeting people and networking.


Prof. Paul TCHAWA, Ph.D (1991) HDR (2002) in Bordeaux 3, France
After his Ph.D, Paul was recruited at the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon). He is Head of Geography Department and Vice Dean in charge of Student’s Affairs at the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences. His publications target Natural resource management, Land Policy and Development as well as Integrated Coastal Area Management and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. He is visiting Professor in Bordeaux 3 and Le Mans (France). He has been hired as freelance consultant by several international organizations including World Bank, FAO, African Union. He leads a Professional Master on Geomatics applied to Territory development



The proposed study is on ‘Participatory learning, Gender partnerships in climate change and food insecurity in Yaoundé and environs.’
This research focus, questions the effectiveness in the use of a visualisation and data management tool (GIS/GPS) in assessing agricultural land use changes, climate change, and food insecurities, by both rural /urban, young/mature, women and girls who are increasingly seen as managers of household resources. The main objective of this study therefore, is to identify ways of using GIS/GPS technology to improve on the building, maintaining, dissemination, and use of information amongst women at all levels in society in an effort to curb down on climate change and food insecurity.
Thus, an integrated approach of data collection and analysis will be used in attaining the aforementioned objectives and in attempting to answer the questions raised. This approach will involve a participatory process in identifying agricultural land use data types and the use of technology with a goal to empower the community and facilitate public participation in community mapping and development. The collaborative process, will involve aspects such as;
An educational; sensitisation and awareness creation component, where a simplification of the concepts of climate change , food security and GIS/GPS technology will be done to the target group. Also, Community mapping, problem tree analysis, an experimental class room activity are examples of some of the activities that will be carried out to test the effective use of GIS/GPS technology.
Finally, based on the goals to be attained, the proposed research is expected summarily to contribute to both scientific literature and advancement in agricultural green space management particularly in Yaoundé. Also, it will empower communities in Yaoundé and poor’ women and girls in particular in involving them in decision making, in handling different vulnerabilities to climate change, food insecurities, management of environmental resources, as well as getting IT/GIS/GPS related skills at their reach.