Cameroon National Indigenous Peoples' Fellowship
Cameroon National Indigenous Peoples' Fellowship
The Indigenous Peoples (IP) of Cameroon are made up of two main groups: the Mborroro who are pastoralists, and the pygmies who are forest dwellers.
Pygmies are ethnic groups whose average height is unusually short. They are comprised of the Baka, Bagyeli, Bidzan and Bakola with a high concentration of this population in the Centre, East and South regions of Cameroon. They depend mostly on the forest for livelihood with as major activities hunting, fishing, gathering and the traditional knowledge of using herbs and forest resources as medication and food and traditional knowledge. Most pygmy communities are hunter-gatherers, living partially but not exclusively on the wild products of their environment. They trade with neighbouring farmers to acquire cultivated foods and other material items
Mbororo fulani communities are comprised of 3 main groups namely the Jafun’en, Aku’en and Wadaabe. They are found all over the 10 regions of Cameroon with a high concentration of the population in Adamawa and north west region estimated at 2 million inhabitants with cattle rearing as the principal activity. Mbororo people are often recognized from the physical appearance usual tall, slim and are often referred to as the “white men of Africa. They depend on their cattle for livelihood while the women transform fresh milk from these cattle into dairy product to be sold in the urban centers.
IP in Cameroon face multiple socio economic and political problems. Due to location, cultural and other aspect, education has always been one of the major social problems within IP communities, marginalization from the main stream population, social exclusion as well as the lack of indigenous people’s political representation in areas of decision making both at local and national levels. Due to these problems and difficulties Mbororo people for instance are forced to move from one place to another with their cattle in search for pasture making their lives on the move as nomads.
The main objectives of this fellowship are to actively involve the indigenous peoples in the ownership process and control over natural resources; actively encourage indigenous peoples in the fight against climate change and learn new adaptation and mitigation strategies when it comes to environmental protection; fight for the representation of indigenous peoples in areas of decision making both at national and local levels; preserve the traditional know-how of the indigenous peoples and their respective traditional authorities; and improve agrosylvopastoral practices for sustainable management of rangelands and forests.
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SGP National Indigenous Peoples' Fellowship
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 20,000.00
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Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
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Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 110
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 500

Grantee Contact

Phone: 237 679 454 513 / 694 579 334


Quartier EMANA
Yaoundé , Centre , 2868 Bastos Yaounde

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Mpeck Nyemeck Marie-Laure
Mr. Fogué Aimé Kamga
(237) 22 20 08 00/22 20 08 01


c/o UNDP Office, P.O. Box 836