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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.

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Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 11, 2010 at 6:28pm
Welcome to Evoke! Thank you for sharing first hand information that many outside of Africa and Cameroon do not know. Also - don't forget that you can give yourself a power point for each piece of evidence you submit. I look forward to reading more from you.
Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 11, 2010 at 6:39pm
Also, you might want to add the tag: Learn2 to your post to make it easier for others to find.
Comment by Linda Holt on March 11, 2010 at 6:56pm
Hello Shei - I too will work on this with you.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 11, 2010 at 7:11pm
Hi Shei!!! Thanks so much for a perspective from Cameroon. 50 to 70kg!!! That´s so heavy!!! What NGO´s are working on training farmers to obtain hire yields?
Comment by David Perner on March 11, 2010 at 7:17pm
I've heard that getting goods to market is a huge problem in Africa, but I don't think I knew it was this severe. In addition to better roads, would access to something like a community truck make things better?
Comment by Linda Holt on March 11, 2010 at 7:52pm
Shei, I came across this article which seems to have information that might benefit your efforts. http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/african_food_preservers/98058/1

In the tropics however, preserving food based on low energy consumption, simpler machinery and storage at ambient temperatures, appears to be alternatives that are more economical. Methods such as drying, salting, smoking or in combinations like smoking with drying or salting with smoking and drying and the use of herbs and spices including fermentation are in common practice in the poorer regions of the world notably sub-Saharan Africa.

The doctor then goies on to provide information about each method. And then, this article about bananas:


Perhaps you could even contact him?
Dr P V Mroso is a community pharmacist, with research training. In his travelling around the world he has noted the immense varieties in foods, the poor degree of distribution, the level of utilising food products in different areas and the poverty associated with problems such as lack of food or lack of utilizing the available food properly. A note was made of the inadequacy in diversifying the usage of the available food sources. Methods of food preservation as practised in hot tropical climates as applied to local foods will be presented.

I found this address and phone number: P V MROSO. Phone number: 0121 359 1200. 31 Revesby Walk, Birmingham, West Midlands, B7 4LG408500,287600

I will look for other contributors as well.

Read more at Suite101: An Overview of Food Preservation Methods in Practice in Africa http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/african_food_preservers/98058/1...
Comment by kevin Jones on March 12, 2010 at 5:32am
good work linda not sure how to do power transfer on that in a comment.
Comment by Hayden Darrell Linder on March 23, 2010 at 7:44pm
Hi Shei,

I first want to say, thank you for having the courage to ask for help. Most people in this world can't do that. So it's a very big deal that you can.

When reading your post the first thing that came to mind was a litter for casualties we used when I was in the army. We called it a Skidco and it;s basically a light flat durable sled that you use to drag a wounded soldier behind you. Soldiers average about 86kg so this should work for your transport need as it;s meant to carry that weight across uneven ground.

There is an image of it here:

But you don't need to buy it if you can find material like that in your area and just drag the food behind you. Not the best of answers but it may help for now.

God bless.
Comment by N H on April 26, 2010 at 4:53pm
I am actually working on project regarding food preservation using solar energy and I found many research already done that seem to be applicable for rural areas in developing countries such as African subsaharan countries. Do you know if any NGO in your area is aware of these technologies? can you give me the names of local NGO so I'll contact them directly and may be we'll be able to find some kind of solution.


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