Activities of the UNVDA:

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations estimates that Cameroon imports over 300000 tons of clean rice per year, despite the enormous potentials for the production of the crop in the country. Trial results have shown that in many parts of the country, paddy yields can reach 8 - 10 t/ha, with the possibility of growing more than one crop per year. 

UNVDA carried out its activities smoothly in view of helping farmers to harness these potentials until the economic crises stroke the country in the late 1980s. By 1988, the corportion was earmarked for liquidation, and has since then functioned with difficulties due to inadequate funding.

Considering the important role it plays in the development of the area and in the promotion of rice production, the state reconsidered its decision and enlisted UNVDA with other state corporations for rehabilitation.

Presently, the corporation is under a restructurization programme which is expected to give rise to a new institutional framework consisting of a development corporation (the New UNVDA) whose main objective would be to enhance farmers’ production activities, and a business-oriented processing company whose capital structure would reflect the transfer of processing and commercialization functions to farmers and economic operators.

The area of intervention of the New UNVDA would be extended to other areas of the southern part of Cameroon so as to increase the number of beneficiaries and substantially boost the country’s rice production. We have envisaged the development of 20000ha of paddy fields for some 70000 smallholder farmers and 100000ha for mechanized rice production and increase annual paddy production to about 500 000tons in ten years.