Meet Farmer Tantoh
Farmer Tantoh is a native of Nkambe, Cameroon. His mission to work for African rural communities began in 1996 while he was still a student in secondary school. Following his pasion in agriculture he performed and kept accurate records of his extensive field research, earning him the nickname, “Farmer”. After high school, he attended the Regional College of agriculture where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma as a seniour agricultural technician, specialising in spring water catchment protection and agroforestry. Despite lack of support from his government and local council, he continued to pursue his vision for SYFA. In summer 2007, he was chosen as the first partcipant from Africa to take part in the Summer Environmental Programme. Organised by the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, the program took him to the United States and Siberia in Russia to study the watersheds of the world, focusing on lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal.
Currently, Farmer is based in Cameroon where he continues to work with the local community and strives to expand his local programmes. Recently, Farmer has become a partime lecturer on horticulture with emphasis on floriculture at the Technical school of Agriculture in Nkambe. There he educates his students on the economic opportunities through farming and environmental protection. He also works with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) to relay agroforestry information to local farmers.To gain outside recognition, he is a regular contributor to publications such as TheMountain Forum and The Farmer’s Voice. In order to help people around Africa in similar endeavors, he is an online volunteer through the Nabuur Foundation, www.nabuur.com, where he communicates with environmental groups in countries like Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya. Farmer also hosts international volunteers from World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), various unverisites, and other organizations. He continues to seek financial and organisational assistance to make SYFA’s dreams come true.