In the highlands of northwest Cameroon, one farmer tackled soil fertility problems by keeping cattle overnight on his cultivated fields. This set off a chain of new ideas generated by other farmers. Another farmer made a new tool to handle the increased harvests. And a third farmer designed an irrigation system to take better advantage of the newly-fertilized areas. The new practices also improved relations between farmers and herders.
This script is about understanding and respecting local farming practices. Sometimes these practices are passed down from our parents and grandparents and we continue to use them because they still work well. But sometimes farmers develop new practices based on their own ideas and experiments. The farmers in this script discovered new ways to fertilize the soil, harvest their crops, and irrigate their fields.