The agropastoral project of the National Participatory Development Programme (PNDP), financed to the tune of 30 million euros (about 19.64 billion CFA francs) by the European Union (EU), within the framework of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), is scheduled to end in August after an extension of the deadline obtained at the end of 2021, and should benefit from a new extension due to bad weather.
Indeed, we learn that ‘the EDF National Authorising Officer Support Unit has submitted a request to the EU ambassador to extend the agropastoral EDF implemented by the PNDP until 2023 so that all the work can be completed and the country can really feel the impact of this new territorial engineering’.
The heavy rains, which arrived earlier this year in the north, are slowing down work on the ground. The execution of some projects has even been suspended. Work is scheduled to resume between November and December. This will impact the completion of projects in 93 sub divisions in 13 divisions of the Far North, North, Adamaoua and East regions. These regions have in fact been targeted for the implementation of socio-economic infrastructures and investments in support of promising sectors. Not to mention the opening up of production basins.
But already in the East, the PNDP indicates, in four divisions (Kadey, Lom-et-Djerem, Boumba-et-Ngoko, and Haut Nyong), 14 road sections have already been built, not counting support for the poultry industry, for a total amount of CFA F 3.5 billion. In the Adamaoua region, a sum of CFAF 1.5 billion has already been used to start the construction of roads and markets and to support professional organisations (farmers and stockbreeders in cooperatives).
In addition, thanks to the territorial development plans (TDP), five priority projects to open up agricultural production basins over a total length of 63 km have been identified in Mbéré. This area will also eventually benefit from 11 projects to support the development of the cassava, maize, honey and cattle sectors. Similar initiatives have already been registered in the North and Far North of the country.
In agreement with the French Development Agency (which signed a management delegation with the EU to implement this project in Cameroon), the PNDP was able to obtain the necessary approval to accelerate the procedures and an initial extension of the deadlines until August 2022. The delays in the disbursement of donor funds and in the completion of the Territorial Development Plans by the Tunisian consultancy Study are at the origin of this first extension of the deadlines.