Wise Nzikie, AgricInspiration
Wise Nzikie is an activist and writer working to improve the lives of underprivileged populations living in the rural countryside of Cameroon.
Over the past eight years, Wise’s work in Cameroon has brought him into close contact with impoverished, female-headed households living in rural areas of the country. Currently, about 75% of these women rely on subsistence agriculture to provide for their families, often investing huge amounts of labor for very small returns.
Wise’s experiences ultimately inspired him to create AgricInspiration, an initiative that empowers women through agricultural and business training in the rural localities around Bamenda, Cameroon.
Working in collaboration with local agricultural experts in five rural villages, over the next 12 months, Wise will provide 30 women with training on sustainable agricultural techniques and organic fertilizers designed to increase annual crop yields. The women will receive training on the cultivation of profitable crops like watermelons that are productive all year round. Any surplus produced in their gardens will be sold in local markets to provide the women with an additional source of income.
GRANT AWARD DATE: September 4, 2015