No.84 Inga alley cropping for the Baka (pygmies) of SE Cameroon. Part 2
By Gaston Delor Bityo | Newsletter No. 84 December 2017

 Inga alley cropping for the Baka (pygmies) of SE Cameroon. Part 2

 By Gaston Bityo Delor

 

People asked many questions

to get a good understanding of the Inga training and promised to start their own Inga plots immediately after the training with the rest of the Inga seedlings in the nurseries in Abong Mbang. Leonard, (leader and Gaston’s contact with the Baka)  and his collaborators were charged to distribute the Inga seedlings to the Baka to start their own Inga plots.

 

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Photo © Leonard (Baka)

 

 

 

When we arrived at the site where the Inga seedlings were supposed to be planted, I asked 2 of the participants, one from Mindourou and the other from Moloundou, to cut 2 sticks. A stick of 1m and a stick of 4m. That was done. We divided the participants in 3 teams.

-       The first team to measure the land where the Inga seedlings should be planted.

-       The second team to dig holes

-       The third team to put the seedlings in the holes

We planted 8 rows of Inga with 12 Inga each. So we planted around 100 Inga seedlings.

 

 

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Photo © Gaston Bityo

 

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Photo © Leonard (Baka)

 

 

As we were doing this a heavy rain started to fall and we could not stop the work to wait for the rain to end. So, we were working under the rain. We just cut the banana leaves to protect ourselves from the rain, but that could not save us from getting wet. Although we got wet, but we were happy because the rain is watering immediately the Inga seedlings we were planting. We are sure that if the rains continue like that 90 or even 95% of the Inga seedlings will grow well.

 

After this training session, and to end the Inga training in Lakabo with the Baka people; a dancing ceremony were organized. And many Baka people were dancing. They even invited us to dance as a sign that the training was important and interesting for them, as we were told later.

 

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Photo © Leonard (Baka)

 

 

During the dancing ceremony, we gave them the presents (gifts) we prepared for the participants, the children and even the teachers of the schools and all the people who were dancing.

 

After the dancing ceremony, we distributed the laminated sheets we prepared for the training and everybody was very happy. These gave a pictorial summary of how to plant the Inga, as a reminder for them.

 

 

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Photo © Gaston Bityo

 

In conclusion

We can say that the training in Lakabo, Abong Mbang, was a success. In terms of participation and in terms of implication in the training. Before the training we could not imagine that the Baka people could be as interested as they were during that Inga training in Lakabo. Men, women and children were actively implicated in the training. The participants came from everywhere: From Moloundou, from Mindourou, from the communities around Lakabo and from Lakabo, even from the forest to take part at the Inga training in Lakabo.

We hope that this training will have a positive effect on the lives of the Baka people.

                                                                                                                Gaston Bityo

The black dots indicate locations where Inga farms have been started. The blue dots mark the region where the Baka project is or is likely to become relevant.

 

 

 

With best wishes,

Tiiu

Rainforest Saver