Hi, I’m Jeanette

 

A sunnypreneur in cameroon

Hi, I’m Jeanette

 

A sunnypreneur in cameroon

Jeanette Aunti is a 30-year-old engineer specializing in aquaculture.
She manages an organic fish farm in Obala, Cameroon.

Farming

Cameroon

Jeanette Aunti is a 30-year-old engineer specializing in aquaculture.
She manages an organic fish farm in Obala, Cameroon.

Farming

Cameroon

The project’s relevance

In Cameroon, fish is part of many traditional dishes.
In and around Yaoundé, the capital city, the demand for organic and locally grown fish is increasing.

How it works

Situated within the IAO (Institute for Agricultural Studies of Obala), the fish farm produces organic tilapia and African catfish. It also provides students with practical training in various aquaculture domains .

Circular economy

The organic food is partly produced at the IAO farm. The fish are first bred in indoor tanks; they then grow in outdoor ponds.

The African catfish and tilapias are sold as larvae to breeders after 5 or 6 weeks. Adult fish are sold for consumption after 5-6 months.

At the end of a production cycle, the wastewater is reused to irrigate and fertilise the fields surrounding the farm.

Professional training

IAO students are required to complete an aquaculture module during their animal production training.

Among the skills attained are: breeding, care of the larvae, feeding method, commercialisation (larvae and mature fish).

In addition, the IAO has put in place an incubation centre for young professionals to enhance their skills and to improve their businesses.

Some 60% of the entrepreneurs the incubator has accepted are women. This high number can be explained by the incubator’s openness in accepting pregnant women and mothers.

Problems arising due to lack of energy

Power outages are frequent even though the aquaculture centre is situated just 30 miles from Yaoundé.

Jeanette says it sets back fish production and sometimes makes her lose a whole generation of fish after days of hard work.

Sunnery

Some key facts from Jeanette’s fish farm

2 jobs created

10 tonnes of organic fish produced/year

Trains 157 individuals per year

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