Appropriate Technologies for Rural Women, Cameroon (ATRuW-Cameroon)


The aim of ATRuW – Cameroon is to contribute to the improvement of living standards for the rural women in Cameroon through the provision of appropriate technologies in the areas of health, agriculture, livestock and fisheries, water supply, sanitation and treatment.

We are promoting the construction of improved chokor oven for women in the coastal areas of Cameroon who are involved in fish smoking activities and also improved garri frying stoves for women involved in garri frying in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Ms. Augusta Epuli Anjoh
Secondary Contact

Address PO Box 35232
Yaounde, Center Province
Phone 237-75397807
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

We work primarily with rural women involved with livestock, fisheries, agriculture, transformation. The rural women in Cameroon continue to be responsible for time and labour intensive tasks but they do not have access to new technologies, especially in farm and related activities management. Very little mechanization has been introduced for women dominated farm operations to ease their work. Women do not get better results due to use of old/traditional implements. Therefore the major step in the present time is to introduce improved implements for performance of tasks. There is an immediate need to rectify the bias in designing of technologies for women.

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Sectors of Experience: Agriculture
Behavior Change
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Small Business
Countries of Operation: Cameroon

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

ATRuW-Cameroon has experience in working with women involved in fish smoking and cassava transformation using local stoves. ATRuW-Cameroon also has experience in training, mobilizing and sensitizing groups on sustainable use of natural resources. Our improved chokor ovens reduce the amount of fuel wood used by the women, protect their health and are time saving.

ATRuW-Cameroon is interested in participating in the in-depth technical training in community outreach and education, stove design and performance, market development, and indoor air pollution and socio-economic impact monitoring.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

There were some demonstration units build in three localities. Many women showed interest in the improved technology but lacked the means to replicate these technologies in their individual barns. In this light, ATRuW-Cameroon seeks means and ways to assist these women's groups to acquire the improved chorkor ovens and fryers/stoves.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

We work in close collaboration with the National Research Institute which carries out the research, trains and experiments on the technology we use.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

We are interested in indoor air pollution and health monitoring in a variety of settings.

Relevant Publications or Studies

None noted

Our Contribution to the Partnership

1.Carry out feasibility and technical studies to identity developmental constraints of women in the area of appropriate technologies and improved cooking techniques
2. Capacity building
3. Networking with other organizations with similar interests