I am SHEI DEREK TARWEP in Cameroon and have lived in a country that the talk of food shortage is a popular debate.When I was growing up it was not a problem of wether we had food to eat but the problem has always been that of what type of food to eat.the problem of having certain food stuffs only in some seasons and being unable to have them in some other seasons have always plagued us. also the problem of having insufficient food to eat at the end of the year or before planting season all because our food got bad within the year.This is the big problem of preservation. T his has made it that even the good yields that my mother as wel as other farmers succeed to get at the end of the year ends up getting bad all because they cant preserve the food well. this is all because the old methods of preservation are prooving insufficient for the amount of produce that they have now.
the second major problem is that of farm to market or to home roads which has always disturbed us as we have to carry 50 to 70kgs of bags of maize for kilometers to our homes and to the markets as there are no roads linking the farms and markets. this at times makes this food to get bad before reaching the market if they are perishable or the quality is not still good enough.
this has been so grave that Cameroon that was called the bread basket of Central Africa now is having food shortages within its borders.
though the government and some local NGOs are trying to train farmers on new means of production to have good yields,this problem of preservation and farm to market roads is still bringing the additional production almost to nothing.
my appeal here is to those who can advice us on preservation and transformation of certain produce like maize,beans,vegetables,pineapples etc this is because there is no need producing food that will not reach the consumers or that will not be consumed.
I hope this will better our lives and fight food insufficiency and food security.