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Africa: Cameroonian engineer brings fish farming to the city

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Flavien Kouatcha, an engineer in Douala, is attempting to popularise aquaponics to show that food can be grown in alternative ways. Photo credit: Josiane Kouagheu.

In the past 30 years Cameroon’s urbanization rate has doubled and the urban population continues to grow, rising by five percent each year, versus 2.9 percent for the country’s overall population.

By Flavien Kouatcha
Observers
Sept 15, 2016

Excerpt:

I grew up in a rural area in western Cameroon. I was always passionate about agriculture, though at the same time I realised our growing method wasn’t the right one. Here [in Cameroon], 40 percent of the food produced in rural areas stays in the villages, for lack of logistical means to bring them into the cities. And when it is brought in, it’s very expensive. In addition, fertiliser use is very high, and people don’t know much about new agricultural techniques.

After my studies, I worked as an engineer for several big multinational companies. For a 25-year-old, I was making a very good living. But last October I decided to quit. I sold my car to get the money to start my business. I wanted to develop a sustainable solution for organic growing in the city, where the residents don’t have parcels of land but where food needs are growing, with the rise in population.

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