Rural female farmers contributing more to Cameroon’s local economy—IITA-CARE study

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According to a 2014 International Labour Office (ILO) study, about half a million young women and a quarter of a million young men can grow food, make goods, and provide services to others in Cameroon. However, several challenges impede the impact of their activities. The study shows that these factors comprise unemployment, poverty, and underemployment, despite agriculture being the highest labor-employing sector (about 70% of Cameroon’s workforce).

A recent study carried out by Djomo Raoul under the IFAD-funded IITA-CARE project explored young female grain farmers’ contributions in rural Cameroon to the local economy.

Rural female farmers contributing more to Cameroon’s local economy—IITA-CARE study
IITA scientist on a maize-cassava intercrop field with female farmers.

While Cameroon’s agribusiness practice operates in a market economy way, findings from the study show that young female maize farmer-marketers pay more for farm labor than their male counterparts. This phenomenon indicates their impact on the rural economy, unlike their rice farmer-marketers who pay less than their male counterparts do for labor. More women market their rice for higher prices than their male counterparts.

Although the female maize farmers pay more for labor, which is better for the local economy, it also means lower returns for them, unlike the male maize farmers who also have access to credit. According to the study, when farm laborers receive a living wage, more non-farm workers can also earn a living wage, as earnings are spent and earned and otherwise cycled through the local economy.  Where farm laborers go unpaid, fewer people can afford to purchase goods and services from others, so less money cycles through the local economy. Thus, those who pay for farm labor contribute more to their local rural economy than those who do not.

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According to Raoul, farmers who pay for labor contribute more to the local economy in the Far North Region, North Region, and the West Region of Cameroon where the study was carried out, than those who do not.

The study also showed that maize and rice production and marketing in Northern and Western Cameroon contribute to higher living standards among locals, raising local food security and promoting development in rural communities, where nearly half the population lives.

The findings reveal that if more young Cameroonians choose agribusiness entrepreneurship, they can partially solve rural un- and underemployment, especially among young women. Young women can also be as productive and successful as young men, especially at producing and marketing grains like maize and rice if policymakers can establish enabling environments through gender-positive policies.

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DHL donated IDR2.4 billion to SOS Children’s Villages in six years of partnership in Indonesia

  • With DPDHL Group's support and contribution of €140,000 (IDR2.4 billion) since inception, program has benefitted more than 2,500 young people in Indonesia
  • GoTeach program aims to improve youth employability, especially now with challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 8 March 2021 - DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international freight specialist arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group (or DPDHL Group), today commemorates six years of partnership with SOS Children's Villages (SOSCV) at a DHL GoTeach Donation Ceremony. Working together with the non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk, DPDHL Group has reached out to more than 2,500 beneficiaries in Indonesia through mentorship and educational activities and a contribution of €140,000 (IDR2.4 billion) since 2014.

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"As one of the largest employers in the world, the Group is supportive of programs that prepare job seekers for the working world, especially during such challenging times. Today, we are proud to commemorate our six years of partnership with SOS Children's Villages at the DHL GoTeach Donation Ceremony," said Thomas Grunau, Global Head of Business Strategy & Digitalization, DHL Global Forwarding.

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During the ceremony, Grunau presented a donation of €5,000 to SOSCV Indonesia in support of the Pandemic GoTeach project, which offered an online employability training to more than 1,000 young people all over Indonesia in 2020. With the support of 12 volunteers, the online training sessions, covering employability related topics such as job interview and resume writing skills, will continue in 2021 until social distancing measures ease up. The program is the brainchild of Elok Vinindya Wardhani, Marketing and Corporate Communications, DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia, who was recognized for her initiative and effort with the organization's CEO award in the category sustainability.

DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia President Director, Vincent Yong said, "In today's rapidly changing world, education paves the way to a stable, sustainable and prosperous tomorrow. Through the GoTeach program, DHL hopes to help the youth in Indonesia to develop the skills and confidence to enter the professional world. With 509 employees across all business divisions volunteering for more than 3,000 hours in the past six years, GoTeach also delivers opportunities for our employees to actively contribute and play a role in the community."

GoTeach is a group-wide corporate responsibility program aimed at improving youth employability for those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Educational and mentorship activities are regularly organized to better prepare them to enter the working world.

"The sustainability and power of an economy and the society depend on a strong educational system and targeted efforts to develop the next generation of working professionals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, jobs and livelihoods have been impacted, deepening the need for training and mentoring programs, such as GoTeach, for our youth to continue to develop their competencies and capabilities to reach their dreams. SOS Children's Villages is happy and proud to join hands with DHL Indonesia to deliver on this commitment," said Gregor Hadiyanto Nitihardjo, National Director SOS Children's Villages Indonesia.

According to UNICEF, there are approximately 24 million students who have dropped out of school as a result of the pandemic, adding to the 870 million students or half of the world's student population in 51 countries who have yet to return to school.

In Indonesia, DHL Global Forwarding together with DHL Express and DHL Supply Chain have continuously focused on developing youth's potential since 2014, sharing knowledge on soft and hard skills as well as supporting career development and employability for young people. The GoTeach program has been conducted in several locations across Indonesia such as Meulaboh, Banda Aceh, Medan, Jakarta, Lembang, Semarang, Bali and Flores. For the past six years, DHL employees have actively become mentors in several GoTeach activities such as skill preparation, job shadowing, DHL facility tours, internships and dream camp activities at SOS Children's Villages to improve employability. The initiative is also part of DPDHL Group's effort to contribute to local communities where they operate.

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About SOS Children’s Villages

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