Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage is leading the way for Bafut Ecovillage
Better World Cameroon is working with Bafut Council in supporting the development of a Plan for sustainable growth and development of the region. Imagine a balanced relationship between farmland, housing, and commercial areas. Our demonstration site is part of the Ecovillage Vision for 2020 of Bafut.
The partnership includes
- Mapping and protecting important natural habitats like Forest, Water, Wetlands while supporting farmers to increase yields on good farmland.
- Educating community members young and old on Permaculture aspects that directly apply to their decision-making and lead to long-term improvement of crops.
- Connecting cultural heritage with modern needs.
- Developing ecovillage demonstration sites.
Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage (NPE) is a Permaculture Demonstration Site and Center for environmental education and sustainable food production.
On the land we are organically growing food crops and developing income streams with products made from our produce. This includes the planting of native tree species, composting for soil fertility, inter-cropping and water catchment protection. One of our fundamental efforts has been to build up stable humus in the soil through composting. This organic farming has produced high yields of nutritious, high quality foods. Since 2014 we are developing a plot for a High Value Agriculture Product (HVAP) Project run by Better Coop.
Building the Learning Center and Eco-lodge continues to be a central activity during dry seasons. Our Meeting Hall and Kitchen are now operational and available for community use. The 2016 season brings the addition of a dormitory and further small huts for the eco-lodge.
Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage is the location for our Annual Youth Summer Camp and Ecovillage design courses.
Refining the vision for NPE
Our definition of “Eco village” :
An Eco-village is an intentional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, social and cultural dimensions of sustainability to regenerate social and natural environments.
As we are moving ahead, our initial permaculture map is under revision. With the help of an accurate land-survey we are generating observation baseline maps. These maps will serve to plan future steps in development including housing, animals, biogas-plant and discovery walking paths.
Partnership with O.U.R. Ecovillage in Canada
O.U.R. Ecovillage on Vancouver Island, Canada is an established demonstration site and Permaculture education center. Better World Cameroon and O.U.R. are creating a Village to Village partnership for intercultural youth exchange.
Designer and Educator Elke Cole is working with both organizations to develop this relationship.
The legal side of NPE
Ndanifor Permaculture Eco Village is a registered Bafut community Land Trust and Cooperative Society that is governed by a board of trustees. The registered Better World Permaculture Cooperative Society, BetterCOOP is responsible for the assets of NPE.
NPE fosters three other social enterprise initiatives namely God is Great Orphanage, Better World Student Nature Club (BSNC) and the Bafut Council Climate Change Unit.