Nchu Innocent Ngiehnu and Eric Bertrand Kouam, Cameroon

NCHU'S BIO


Nchu is a perfect blend of Cameroon,born and grew up in the French and English speaking regions of Cameroon .He holds a BSc. in Economics and Management from the University of Buea and a Diploma in Project Management with specialty in Development Studies and is pursuing graduate studies in Environment and Development at the University of Dschang, Cameroon.He has undergone advanced trainings as an environmental statistician by GIZ International and has many certificate courses to his credit on the Science of Sustainability including a certificate in Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice from the Autonomous University of Barcelona under the CEECEC / EJOLT projects which made him acquired skills in Environmental Management,Social  and Environmental Advocacy. He has expertise in Development Evaluation, Communal Planning, Project Management, and Conservation.While working as a Community Outreach Coordinator for a World Bank Program,he realized the nexus between rural poverty and the environment and started working with communities,CSO's in using market-based approaches in solving environmental problems through Participatory Action Research by mainstreaming gender,ecosystems and biodiversity valuation into development planning. Nchu's future goals and research interest is geared towards understanding how do people in their different predicaments and with different opportunities learn to move towards productive ,sustainable and equitable futures,how do they innovate and how can they be helped to innovate,with special focus on :Ecological Economics,Political Ecology,Payment for Ecosystem Services,REDD+,Climate Change Economics and Green Economy,Environmentalism of the Poor/Women. Nchu speaks fluent English and French and has a passion for media,loves networking and showbiz and enjoys travelling and learning local cultures and  plays football.These helps him stay connected with the rest of the World while maintaining good health and valorizing his cultural inheritance.




KOUAM'S BIO

Eric Bertrand Kouam is a Cameroonian ,born and grew up mainly in the Western part of Cameroon. After his GCE Advanced Level,Kouam moved to the Littoral region.He holds a PhD. in Population Genetics from Kenyatta University,Nairobi,Kenya; an MSc. and a BSc. in Biochemistry from the University of Douala, Cameroon. He has undergone some trainings on (1) GIS and uses of the Arcview software, (2) Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics techniques , (3) the risks, benefits and opportunities from the release of GMO's in the African continent; (4) Conflicts Management and Resolutions in Forestry and Natural Resources in Africa. He has expertise in Project Management and Conservation Biology. Kouam is currently working as a senior lecturer at the Department of Agriculture,University of Dschang,where he teaches and does research mainly on genetics, evolution, and plant breeding to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research interest  focuses on the heritage and  conservation of traditional fruits and Legumes in Cameroon . He also plans to study the influence of  weather conditions and changes on the breeding systems of fruits and crops species . Kouam is fluent in English and French languages.He has good communication skills and passion for playing football,listening to music and traveling. 
 



ABOUT OUR RESEARCH


Our research entitled “Women’s access to and control over land and natural capital: Its implications on food security and adaptation to climate change in Cameroon” aims to assess women’s rights in terms of access to and control over land and natural capital. Women constitute 60 - 80% of all agricultural production and work force, i.e. feminization of agriculture, and depends heavily on the natural environment for their livelihoods,but yet owned and control less than 10% of land. Women’s lack of secure land tenure further places strains on livelihoods and food security, undermining their adaptive capacity to climate change. Our main objective is to show how Secure and equitable access to and control over land and natural capital could make the difference in reducing vulnerability and achieve gains in agriculture and food security in the context of climate change adaptation in Cameroon.

Specific research objectives is to understand; (i) the contribution of land and Natural capital to rural women’s livelihoods, and specific obstacles that prevent women access to and control of land and natural capital ; (ii) How land tenure rights are distributed across gender and how does it affect food security; (iii) How local farmers perceive climate change concepts: impacts on gender and food security and women farmers’ vulnerability to food insecurity ;(iv) Indigenous coping strategies by women farmers amidst limited access to, and insecure tenure and ways upon which it can be improved; (v) Ways to mainstream gender equity in land tenure systems into development planning. This research will take place in the Municipality of Buea and methodology will involve Participatory Action Research,qualitative and quantitative methods, literature review, GPS/GIS and SPSS, for data collection and analysis.

Results will help promote gender perspectives into current national adaptation policies and practices for agriculture, climate change and food security by addressing women's strategic (and longer term) needs. It will produce vulnerability maps (agriculture and gender ),and provide evident-based knowledge to CBO's,NGO's and Organisations on how to advocate for women’s land right based on  CEDAW norms as well as to policy makers, in a bid to raise visibility on women’s land right issues to influence government and effectively guide the implementation of Cameroon NAPA’s, and land reforms policies.Results will be disseminated via Social media, community-radio, TV, local newspapers, educational curricular, workshops, presentations, Lectures, Meetings.

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