Flag of CameroonAccording to the sources, the Cameroonian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Henri Eyebe Ayissi, received alternately January 13, 2016 in Yaoundé and discussed the subject matter on support in Agricultural development with the Director of the World Bank’s operations for Central Africa, Elisabeth Huybens, the chief ambassador the Delegation of the European Union in Cameroon, Françoise Collet, and the Resident Representative of the Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA) Umemoto Shinji. The main topic of the discussion was with them an update on the agricultural cooperation between these institutions and Cameroon.

Further, with the Director of Operations of the World Bank, the point was made on the Project for Investment and Development of Agricultural Markets (PIDMA) launched in January 2015 after the close of Project amelioration agricultural competitiveness (PACA). This initiated a joint project of the World Bank and the Government of Cameroon, and a cost of about 50 billion CFA francs for a period of 5 years, aims to transform subsistence agriculture and low-yielding corn chains, cassava and sorghum, in competitive agriculture and oriented towards commercialization and industrialization. The project thus aims to increase the productive partnerships between cooperatives and agro-industries, to improve the system of seed production and distribution and fund basic public infrastructure such as the rehabilitation of 125 km of rural roads in the basins of production. After the discussion, it was revealed that the outcome of this project was quite satisfactory one year after its launch. Meanwhile, Elisabeth Huybens announced that other projects of this type are already being considered by the World Bank level.

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As regards cooperation with the European Union, the latter plans to spend 4, 850 billion CFA francs for new projects in the agricultural sector, said the Ambassador Françoise Collet. Further, it was narrated that these projects will be mainly dedicated to the northern regions, East and Nkam department in Cameroon’s Littoral Region. Regarding the cooperation with Japan, the Resident Representative of the Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA), Shinji Umemoto, announced that his agency action plan for the coming years will be based primarily on promoting Cameroonian rice cultivation, including upland rice through the tray Rice Development Project (PRODERIP). This is for Japan to help Cameroon to increase production in a context where demand is growing and insufficient local production.