“Coming from a poor background, I understand what it means to be needy and not have the means to make ends meet. What motivates me more to work for the service of my community is the desire to change the mindsets and improve the livelihoods of my community members.”
Veranso Benjamen Litika is a field worker from Cameroon. His community is in the Northwest Region of Cameroon and consists mainly of farmers who practice crop production or livestock rearing as their livelihood.
In 2015 he joined the Rural Transformation Center. First as a volunteer and later as a community facilitator. Some of their projects are bee farming, natural medicine, sustainable agriculture, and environmental management projects. One of the main conflicts he faces in his work is to convince farmers to turn away from the abusive use of agrochemicals which they find very difficult.
At ARI, he wants to gain first-hand experience with other cultures, religions, and ways of life. In addition, he wants to gain knowledge on disease control of crops and livestock, from which the farmers back in his community shall benefit.
The mission of the Rural Transformation Center (RTC) – Cameroon is to foster local initiatives of sustainable agricultural production while conserving the natural environment and improving the health and well-being of the community members. Furthermore, through concerted efforts, it promotes values such as sustenance, self-esteem, and freedom. It valorizes indigenous knowledge, resources, and experiences to achieve the mission.