Population: 22 million (UN)
Life expectancy: 54 years (men), 56 years (women) (UN)
Human Development Index: 153 / 188
In North West Cameroon, more than half of people survive on less than $1.25 per day and life expectancy is 55 years of age. Climate change, environmental degradation and an expanding population has exacerbated poverty for crop farming and cattle herding communities. There is increasing competition over access to land and water between Mbororo cattle herders (a semi-nomadic marginalised minority) and cropp farmers. This has weakened relations and led to conflict and hostility between the two communities and in extreme cases, people have been killed.
United Purpose is responding directly to this need by working with in partnership with local human rights organisation MBOSCUDA (Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association of Cameroon). Our five year Big Lottery funded programme, ‘In Search of Common Ground’, is working to reduce conflict. Together we are delivering a wide-reaching project to facilitate more sustainable use and protection of natural resources and improved relations between crop farmers and cattle herders. The aim is to protect the environment and the resources communities depend on for their livelihoods, reduce conflict and improve health by protecting water supplies from contamination. Launched in August 2013, we will improve the lives of over 20,000 people over five years.