The Tropical Horticulture Foundation (THOF) is a youth organization in the Central African Region based in Cameroon with a dual facet. Its forms are embedded in Charity and Social Enterprising for the development of human capital and improve livelihood in the organization’s targeted communities. In terms of Charity, we build capacities and provide free food for the needy and improve nutrition for children and nursing mothers through gifts and training modules. In the sense of Social enterprising, we build resilient communities to become food self-sufficient, increase networking between farmers, change the status-quo within the sphere of agriculture and youth unemployment.
THOF is predominantly made up of young professionals seeking a solution to Africa’s contemporary problems which centers around unemployment and food security. THOF has a multi-disciplinary team of volunteers; we transform communities and people through outreach education, capacity development in various entrepreneurial domains relating to the food system.
Our team is practically oriented in all aspects of operations. We are experienced in tropical production and marketing of fresh quality farm produce, landscaping and urban conservation, ecological farming, floristry, and recreation, hence our mentees are making strides wherever they lead. By this, we emphasize training and mentorship in areas where little or no capital to kickstart agribusiness is needed. We are change-makers.
“Agriculture to many seems to be the easiest and last option when everything else has failed. I believe strongly that there is more to it, thus being a science discipline, we should be cautious on our understanding and decision before delving into agriculture. I believe a ‘Famer to a Crop’ is likened to a ‘Medical Doctor to Patient’ who treats by carrying out the diagnosis of disease and writing the correct prescription for the identified ailment before the Pharmacist interprets and provides the correct medication for that ailment. So too, a farmer must be able to understand the disease affecting the crop on the field and thereby making the right prescription before the Chemical-store-vendor provides the right chemical for the treatment of the disease. If not, the wrong diagnosis will result in serious damages and financial loss. This can greatly discourage the farmer or investor; a clear indicator that skillful & innovative minded persons are needed in the sector”. Michael Lyonga Ngoh
THOF was created in October 2016 as a body to set the pace for youths in modern agriculture by creating an enabling environment and increase networking between groups in the region as well as the globe. After a year of existence, on October 23rd, 2017 the organization obtained authorization (registration number 886/G.37/C.84/VOLII/SASC) from the Government of Cameroon to carry out development activities as a Non-Profit Making Organisation. Hence, THOF is operating in conformity with Article 7, Law No. 90/053 of 19/12/90 relating to the creation and functioning of associations.
The organization by 2016 had six volunteers who started the first vegetable demonstration farm of about a quarter hectare. From this point, she built a relationship with other institutions, groups, and individuals with more resources such as land and facilities to train these volunteers and more, thereby setting the pace for them to kickstart the agriculture venture. Within two years, the organization trained more than 50 young Cameroonians on vegetable production and marketing in the Southwest Region of Cameroon alone and she plans to extend to other regions of the country. In 2018, THOF became pioneered a network of young practical farmers in Cameroon. This platform brought other organizations together employing the best of techniques and sharing best practices in sustainable production. As of January 2019, she began expanding tentacles in other areas of operation such as snail and bee farming; making her training and mentorship more diverse and attractive to more youths particularly women and young girls.