S eventy-seven agro-pastoral groups from the South West Region have received F CFA 374 Million funding from the Programme for the Improvement of Competitiveness of Family Agro-Pastoral Farms (ACEFA). Group cheques were handed over to beneficiaries recently in the Buea Council Hall by the ACEFA National Coordinator, Dr. Bouba Moumini. The event was supervised by both South West Regional Delegates of the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA). The money will help construct infrastructure, modernise and increase production capacities of crop, animal and fishery farmers from Meme, Fako, Ndian and Manyu Divisions in the Region. Recipient farmer-groups are expected to sign subsidy agreements with ACEFA spelling out the implementation of financing by donors and production by farmers to enhance crop and protein production in Cameroon. Grants to producer groups range from F CFA 500.000 to F CFA 6 000 000. For professional agro-pastoral organisations, funding ranges from F CFA 5 000 000 to F CFA 30 million. Since 2008 till date, ACEFA has injected a total of F CFA 1,544,598,792 in the South West Region. Beneficiaries have used the money mainly to construct cocoa ovens and pig pens. This money has gone to 509 projects spread through all six Divisions of the Region. As of now, some 1.583 producer-groups and 29 professional agro-pastoral organisations are receiving supportive counselling on the field.