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About Us


Agriculture and Bio-conservation Organization for Youth Empowerment and Rural Development (ABOYERD) is a grassroots nonprofit, non-denominational, apolitical organization legally registered as a Common Initiative Group (CIG) with registration number NW/GP/001/17/16274 in conformity with law No 92/006 of 14th August 1992 of the Republic of Cameroon. We believe that for Cameroon’s rich flora and fauna to thrive, indigenous communities must be the focal point as they are often biodiversity rich, highly biodiversity-dependent for livelihood, and predominantly poor. We focus on such communities providing them with conservation awareness, livelihoods alternatives as well as highly democratic, participatory, and pro-poor research based conservation strategies. We believe that by working with these communities in an innovative, collaborative and action oriented approach, we will be able to promote sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources for the benefit of these indigenous people both present and future. Our belief is that these local actions will have cascading impacts at the global level. ABOYERD is committed to excellence, transparency and accountability in delivering our work, responding to the needs of the indigenous people and our environment, and in working together with our partners, communities and all sectors of society for long term solutions.


ABOYERD is a not-for-profit organization and depends largely on external support. However, with our current goal of attaining self-sufficiency in 10 years’ time, we are putting in place income generating schemes such as sales of proceeds from demonstration farms besides our usual membership contributions. We are striving towards a 100% model where every cent of every dollar donated goes directly to conservation work, with zero administrative or overhead fees taken.

To meet up with this vision, ABOYERD is establishing sustainable income generation activities including but not limited to

ABOYERD currently has an office-based mushroom farm from which mushroom is harvested and sold both in fresh and dried form. It is hoped that this farm will be expanded with time to meet up with increasing demands especially as we are delving into the production of value added mushroom products like pickled mushroom, mushroom seasoning etc. This farm also serves as a laboratory for hand-on training in the empowerment of target groups especially vegetarians, youths, single mothers, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the current Anglophone crisis in the country etc.


Snail farms are currently being constructed in the Dschang office site of ABOYERD. This initiative is intended to serve the same purpose as our organic mushroom farming program.

ABOYERD is also running organic gardens targeting cultivation of vegetables including cabbage, pepper, cucumber etc. This is motivated by our desire to promote organic and healthy lifestyles. This initiative will serve the same purpose as those above.

Each donation is an essential help which improves an area in our work