Dairy Cattle Farming Numbers Increase in Northwestern Africa
Due to a project started in Cameroon, dairy cows are increasing in Northwestern Africa:
Dairy cattle farming or the raising of milk-producing cows has been gradually gaining in popularity in North West and West Regions over the years with a growing number of farmers - including those not supported by Heifer Project International, Cameroon. Smallholder dairy cattle development was introduced about 20 years ago by HPI Cameroon, an international integrated livestock development organisation.
At the national level, HPI Cameroon's dairy development initiative has since been extended to the Noun Division of West Region. Initially targeting 400 resource-limited farm families over a period of five years, the project in 2011 supported 522 farm families with 4,176 dependents in the North West and West Regions. Not keeping the acquired knowledge and skills to themselves, assisted farmers in 2010 passed on the gifts of knowledge, horticulture seeds and other production resources to 7,538 people in their communities.