INTRODUCTION OF ORGANIZATION
The Federation of Environmental and Ecological Diversity for Agricultural Revampment and Human Rights (FEEDAR & HR) began in 1997 in a small town called Kwakwa Bakundu in Meme Division of the South West Province of the Republic of Cameroon. It was formed by a group of farmers as an Association, a non political and non profit making organization which gained legal status on the 24th August 2000.
The project was initially coined to protect the human rights, the rights of the artistic and literary works, improve living and working conditions of Cocoa and Coffee peasant farmer communities.
This was after the collapse of the National Produce Marketing Board (NPMB) which was responsible for the marketing of Cameroon Cocoa and Coffee where over 75% of the population in Cocoa producing Communities depend on.
The privatization of the sector by government without education and sensitizing the rural peasant population on privatization and its consequences.
To reduce deforestation, illegal logging and increase the surface area of carbon absorption in the atmosphere and fighting Climate Change.
To reverse the state of affairs in restoring the various ecosystems within farming lands, reserved forests and river basins of Cameroon
Increase the capacities of peasant farmers to alternative income generating activities than the dependence of Cocoa production only,
To increase agricultural production as a means to alleviate rural poverty and hunger
To contribute to sustainable development and the fundamental human rights of peasant farmers especially as many diseases like HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB continues to threaten the lives of people in these communities.
To fight corruption, promote democracy, the rule of law and enforce human rights Practices
B: Achievements: After the legal status on the 24th August 2000,
1) We have contributed to the initiation of over 650 Groups and Associations involved in sustainable development, community forestry promotion, environmental protection, sustainable development and promotion of the fundamental rights of man.
2) So far over 2000 families have planted more 4000 tre crop nursaries of Cocoa tress and other timber and non -timber forests products. That is to say over 8000000 trees have been planted in old Cocoa estates and emerging estates.
3) We have increased participation and involvement of every stakeholder to reduce the rate of disappearance of biodiversity and deforestation in the South West Province of Cameroon particularly targeting;
The Meme River Forest Reserve,
The Meme River Community Forest
The Southern Bakundu Forest Reserve,
The Rumpi Wildlife Sanctuary
The Korup National Park
The Barombi Kotto Lake,
The Lake Disoni
The Meme River Basin,
The Ndian River Basin
and other Watershed and Catchment Areas
4) We hold Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations http://www.un.org/ecosoc/ and are accredited to the United Nations Environment Program Governing Council www.unep.org , The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification www.unccd.int ,The Global Environment Facility www.gefweb.org , The United Nation Human Rights Council, United Nations department of public information http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/index.asp and many others;
Also member to many other national and international Organizations.
5) Several conferences at the National level have also been attended and organized, increasing the capacities of rural communities in reducing green house gases, environment protection, reserved forests and restoring the vital ecosystems and their biological species, and have contributed in many dialogues and discussions in shaping the state of affairs in the world.
6) HIV/Aids participatory training conferences have been organized and currently 55 hiv/aids counsellors trained by this Organization are living within these communities of the north west and South West Provinces who still give counselling to affected, infected and vulnerable groups.