Origins and partners


The Foundation programmes are centred on Cameroon, drawing principally on local knowledge, supported by in-depth technical expertise and international practical experience from the Foundation’s partners at Imperial College London, the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSTHTM).

The Foundation has its origins in an African Union agricultural pest management project initiated in 2000, funded by FAO and hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture in Cameroon. The concept of an independent, non-governmental organisation, which has now become “The Yaounde Initiative Foundation”, was endorsed in March 2003 in Yaounde at a conference of pan-African states, supported by FAO and the African Union.

The design and start-up phase of the Foundation has been supported by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture in Switzerland and Imperial College Consultants in the United Kingdom.

Conference in 2003, at which the Yaounde Initiative Foundation concept was endorsed

Collaborators and supporters
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The World Health Organization (WHO)
Imperial College Consultants Limited, UK
Ministry of Planning and Rural Development, Cameroon
The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Switzerland
The African Union (AU)
Imperial College London, UK
Natural Resources Institute (NRI) – University of Greenwich, UK
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
TL Wiles and Associates Ltd, UK
For more information you can download a two page information sheet here.