INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, MOTIVATION FOR CREATION Agriculture remains the backbone of Cameroon’s economy, employing 70 percent of its workforce, while providing 42 percent of its GDP and 30 percent of its export revenue. Blessed with fertile land and regularly abundant rainfall in most regions, Cameroon produces a variety of agricultural commodities both for export and for domestic consumption. In addition to export commodities, Cameroonian farmers produce numerous subsistence crops for family consumption. Principal food crops include millet, sorghum, peanuts, plantains, sweet potatoes, and manioc. Animal husbandry is practiced throughout the country and is particularly important in northern provinces.

Agriculture was the main source of growth and foreign exchange in 2004, agriculture contributed 44 percent to GDP. Agriculture was the principal occupation of 56 percent of the economically active population in 2003, although only about 15.4 percent of the land was arable. The number of jobs in agriculture seems to be on the decline over the years as the need for increased is on the rise, but the skills required need to be developed as there are increasing management and employment opportunities along the national and global food chain in financing, transportation and storage, processing, wholesaling and retailing of food. Also, expansion has taken place in sectors of the rural economy associated with agriculture, including tourism, property, and equine management, and appreciation of the role of land in the management of water, the environment and ecosystem services has grown significantly.

It is very unfortunate that in – spite of these prospects In agriculture, most of our youths are not practically involved in the profession; some is as a result of lack of training centers since there is basically one institute of agriculture in the country. Also as the need for agricultural production is on the increase, there is also an equivalent need for more hands to be trained to meet the need.

Therefore, the establishment of Agriculture as an Entrepreneurial faculty specializing in the provision of Vocational and Professional Training relating to Agriculture; to raise professionals in the rural economy and global food supply chain. The Faculty provides taught programmes from Bachelors to Doctorate levels. Also other taught programs are provided at both Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels.

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The Faculty of Agriculture runs as a dynamic Vocational and professional institute with the focus on agricultural Entrepreneurship to complement and provide an alternative higher Vocational Training program that will help in raising graduates and leaders who are Wealth Creators.

This Faculty is involved in agriculture and land and business management from its establishment. It is aimed at addressing the un-addressed issues in Cameroon vocational training and professional education, consolidating the historic agricultural and cultural diversity, unleashing the rich natural and human resources with which this region and indeed Cameroon in general and Africa as a whole is endowed with and galvanizing them towards raising productivity and decreasing un-employment and poverty in a bid to raise the standard of living of the masses.

OUR MISION The mission of the Faculty of Agriculture, is to contribute in addressing the vocational and professional needs of thousands of youths yearning for quality Vocational and Professional training especially in Agriculture emphasizing on entrepreneurship, and research for development by seeking and using available and transferable technologies to make our graduates favourably competitive in a global economy.

Training agricultural specialist who will help revive the agricultural dimension of the economy that appears to be on the verge of collapse.

Agriculture has been the main stay of the economy of the Nation and with the growing need in this profession, there is the need to raise individuals who can take it up as a chosen career. Offering opportunity to unleash and transfer invaluable knowledge and practical experience of locally available but un-tapped national and international manpower. Going for quality rather than quantity in admitting students. Ensuring that the students receive trainings and exposures that enables them to become immediately operational upon leaving the College and be self-employed OUR MISSION STATEMENT To raise a generation of graduates in agriculture with well structured mindset who are professionally balanced; great entrepreneurs with excellent leadership skills and in-depth knowledge of the scriptures; who upon graduation and by the application of the knowledge acquired can creates any form of agricultural

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enterprise, hence contributing towards Sustainable National Development, reducing unemployment and eradicating poverty

OUR CORE FOCUS To be a model for all Cameroonian aspiring for career in the field of Agriculture, measured not by our cognitive learning alone, rather by our entrepreneuring Excellence; pursuing Moral Development in students, research and other discoveries that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community.

OUR GOAL: In the next 5 years and precisely by 2026, the ultimate goal of the Faculty is to be involved in the massive training of youths and professionals in the field of Agriculture that will contributes in meeting the global food chain supply. Those who will take their communities out of the vicious cycle of un-employment and poverty;

To establish a National Standing in Academic Quality in training in Agriculture and to build in entrepreneurship in Every Field of study and to generate social embeddedness

The Faculty program takes cognizance of the local economy, which is characterized by individual peasant ventures, common initiative groups and a few corporate enterprises; which strive at stimulating self-actualization, self reliant development, sole proprietorship and medium scale industries as stepping stones towards an integrated agro-industrial take off.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: At College of Agriculture Limbe, the focus is Sustainable Development in the Agricultural Sector accompanied with entrepreneurship education.

OUR DREAM: To offer vocational and academic opportunities that builds professional capacities that are scripturally founded, strategic, self-supporting, transformatory, and entrepreneurial; that have an exceptional competitive advantage and able to mainstream into all sectors of the national life and interest for a holistic and Sustainable development in agriculture.

To accomplish this dream, all programs require internship, fieldwork and research. Also students are to make presentations, seminars, write term papers and make individual efforts towards self employment. The research work, or final

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year project or thesis are defended at the end of the writing and where possible, there shall be an accompanied on-campus public presentation. All students for both the agricultural and Non agricultural courses shall carry out farm projects on individual plots. All Students in the shall do several internships of several months during the course of their studies. Also there shall be on-the-job experience for most of the students. There could be no better way than these endeavours to strengthen the capacity of our graduates to respond rapidly and confidently to professional exigencies.

Duration of Courses: i. Regular Programs 18 – 24 Months ii. Online and Distance Learning Courses 18 – 36 Months iii. Short Courses 4 weeks – 6 months

Library and Laboratories. Laboratories are been made available and also the library to enable students study appropriately.

Special facilities: A Cyber Café is been made available for internet studies and researches. All the students for Agricultural Studies shall learn how to drive agricultural equipments like tractor. All students for the Development Studies are to embark on a 6 months development studies tour to any country in Africa base on the need. Focus is Southern Africa and Eastern African

Academic orientation: The Academic Orientation of the Faculty is “EVERY STUDENT HAVE A FARM”

ACADEMIC POLICY: There is a standard Academic Policy of the University for effectiveness in teaching and learning. The Academic Program is purely entrepreneurial. Students are required to carry out independent studies and internships. All courses are embedded with professional training; Development studies is been carried out.

Research: All academic works are accompanied with thesis / research works – commonly called Student Projects. Therefore there is a standard Research Policy of the University. Every student graduating must present a research work or thesis and this is a basic requirement for graduation and completion of course.

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DEPARTMENTS: The Faculty is taking off with 6 Department but will increase its Departmental space as needs arise. The following are the pioneer Department of the Faculty:

  1. Department Agricultural Studies & Technology 2. Department of Crop Production 3. Department of Animal Production 4. Department of Agricultural Management and Marketing Studies. 5. Department of Forestry and Wildlife Conservation. 6. Department of Community and Rural Development

AREA OF SPECIALTIES includes: i. General Agriculture ii. Poultry Production iii. Livestock / Cattle Production iv. Piggery Production v. Small Stock Production vi. Fisheries and Fishery Management vii. Animal Health and Management viii. Arable Crop Production. ix. Tree Crop Production x. Plantation Development and Management xi. Crop Pest and Disease Control xii. Agricultural Economics and Farm Management xiii. Agricultural Engineering and Technology. xiv. Agricultural Extension and Rural Development. xv. Meteorology and Climatology xvi. Soil and Water Management. xvii. Forestry and Wildlife Conservation xviii. Farm Planning and Farmland Survey xix. Farm Produce and Processing. xx. Marketing of Agricultural Products. xxi. Agricultural Cooperative and Enterprise Management. xxii. Agriculture Business Law.

AREA OF SPECIALITIES IN COMMUNITY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT i. Rural Gender studies and Empowerment. ii. Rural Conflict Resolution and Management. iii. Community Aid Management. iv. Community Sustainable Development

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v. Rural Project Planning and Management. vi. Local Governance and Development Management vii. Rural Social Policy and Developmen

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: The general admission requirements are is as indicated by the University admissions. However, the basic requirement is Passes in two papers in GCE Advanced Level and equivalent qualifications. Also opportunity is available for those who have the basic GCE Ordinary Level passes in four papers who upon graduation must have had their prerequisite Advanced Level result.

There is also waivers for those who must have worked in any establishment over a period of 5 years who wish to further their education. This is classified under the Cumulative Academic Work in the Academic Policy of the Faculty.

There is no entry requirement for the specialized Courses and the Short Courses. It is open for those who want to improve or develop themselves in any particular area of studies.

Graduation Requirements: Graduation requirements is stated in the Academic and Admission Policy of the University.

Transfer Students: Placement of transfer students is done on a case by case basis depending on the transcript presented. Transcripts are only considered when received directly under seal from the institution from which the candidate is transferring. Transcripts that appear to have been tampered with in any form will not be considered.

AFFILIATIONS AND EXCHANGE PROGRAMS The Faculty has secured affiliations and Exchange with Universities and other institutions of Higher outside the Country to expand its training capacities and relevance. However, the Faculty has working and informal connections with several other national and foreign Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning