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WHO WE ARE

About us

Amba Farmers Voice (AFV) is a FREE Agriculture Educational program founded in 2019 and produced in collaboration with Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation (SCBC TV) and broadcast via satellite across West Africa to address the fast growing humanitarian and food crisis brought about by the deteriorating security situation on Southern Cameroonian Farmers & Refugees who are victims of the war declared upon them by the state of La Republique du Cameroun with skills & appropriate technology to increase food production during this time of war. AFV hopes to improve the food challenges by providing practical education and appropriate techniques to Farmers and Refugees to increase food production.

 AFV was founded in 2019 in the US State of Virginia and incorporated as a 501c not-for-profit corporation

History of the Southern Cameroon’s Conflict

The conflict in Southern Cameroons escalated in 2017, after the government of Cameroon brutally suppressed protests by teachers and lawyers from English-Speaking Southern Cameroons. A popular uprising in October 2016 fueled by pro-independence groups decrying persecution of minority English speaking populations by the majority French speaking elites led to a brutal crack-down, mass arrests, torture, maiming and mass incarceration of Southern Cameroonians by government security forces. After self-defense groups sprung up to defend their communities, the government of Cameroon declared war on Southern Cameroonians on November 1, 2017. 

In March 2020, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) classified the conflict in Southern Cameroon as the most underreported conflict in the world for the second year in a row. Since 2017, an estimated 30,000 people have been killed and more than 1.2 million displaced within the conflict zones. Furthermore, over 400 villages and communities have been burnt to the ground and an estimated 3000 people arrested, tortured, detained, or disappeared by government security forces of La Republique du Cameroun with over 120,000 seeking refuge in Nigeria, Ghana and further afield, including Europe, the US and Canada.

Amba Farmers Voice (AFV) was founded in 2020 in the US State of Virginia to identify practical ways to quickly educate the refugees and internally displaced persons via TV and Videos to reduce the fast growing humanitarian challenges brought about by the war. It is incorporated as a 501c (3) not-for-profit corporation.

Publications: Background information to the Conflict:

https://www.cameroonintelligencereport.com/what-is-ambazonia-the-southern-cameroons-independence-struggle/

 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/18/cameroon-amnesty-election-violence-anglophone-regions

 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/6/11/three-cameroon-soldiers-charged-with-murder-for-village-massacre

 https://qz.com/africa/1349108/cameroons-internet-shutdown-in-blacked-out-documentary/

 https://techtribes.org/cameroon-shuts-down-the-internet-for-240-days/

 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39665244

Mission

To promote agricultural education and extension services via TV and Video to Southern Cameroonian Farmers, Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and African farmers in general to have access to practical & quality agricultural education to increase food production in the Pidgin language.
AFV mission is to ensure that every Southern Cameroonian Farmer, Refugees, Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) & African Farmers in general have access to practical & quality agricultural education to increase food production.

Vision

It is our vision to reframe agricultural education by shifting the subsistence agricultural paradigm to a process that integrates cost effective & practical innovative solutions to inspire personalized learning & community-based farming

Core Values

  • Explore and valorize Ambazonian and African Indigenous Technical Knowledge
  • Promote environmental protection and cultural systems
  • Reliance on practical research to improve agricultural productivity and rural livelihood
  • Reliance on partnerships & exchange of knowledge
  • Ethical, passion and gender inclusion

Leading the Organization

Isaac Zama, Founder & Executive Director

Isaac is an international development professional with a focus on agriculture and sustainable rural development. Isaac Zama is a lawyer by training and holds graduate degrees from the Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He has spent most of his career working in the United States, Cameroun and also taught community forestry and rural development at the Ecole Nationale des Eaux et Forets in Gabon.