Background InformationCameroon first developed during the Bantu Migrations whichoccurred over 3,000 years ago.In 1884, Cameroon became a German colony. In 1914, the Britishinvaded Cameroon and overtook the Germans. Due to a Leagueof Nations ruling, France ended up with most of the land.On January 1, 1960 Cameroon became an independent nationfrom France. The Republic of Cameroon was created as ademocracy. Cameroon is politically and socially stable, and hashad the same president since 1982.The geography of Cameroon includes mountains, plateaus, manyrivers, and a part of the Congo Basin which is a rain forest. Mount Cameroon is the highest elevation in Cameroon (13,350 feet). The main rivers are the Benue, Nyong, and Sanaga.The languages spoken in Cameroon are English and French.Cameroon has developed timber and oil industries. Poverty existsthroughout the country, but it has a very high literacy rate comparedto other African nations.
ProblemCroplands do not widely exist in Cameroon.Crops cannot be grown without cropland and thepopulation cannot feed itself.Without farmers and croplands, Cameroon is not able togrow their own food like wheat, fruits and vegetables.Therefore, they must rely on other sources for theirfood.
Possible SolutionsTo solve this problem, Cameroon could trade salt and 130doctors for land containing cropland from the DemocraticRepublic of the Congo. Cameroon can trade salt becauseCameroon is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlanticocean contains a lot of salt. Cameroon could also tradedoctors because the country has a high literacy rate and as aresult many doctors. This is a good trade because Cameroongets cropland from which Cameroon could make food. This isbad because Cameroon loses 130 doctors.Another solution is to cut down a part of its rain forest and tomake this into cropland. This is a good solution becauseCameroon can make food with cropland. This is a badsolution because if Cameroon cuts down trees then you willlose oxygen.The final possible solution is to trade teachers for food.Cameroon could trade teachers because the country has ahigh literacy rate and as a result many teachers. This is agood solution because Cameroon gets food to feedCameroonians. This is also a bad because Cameroon losesteachers and that could in turn create less people who areliterate.
Final SolutionMy final solution is to trade Cameroon’s salt anddoctors for cropland. To accomplishthis, Cameroon will trade with The DemocraticRepublic of the Congo. Given its geographicalfeatures, The Democratic Republic of the Congohas excess cropland. This solves the problem ofhaving no cropland. Also, Cameroon will trade 100 teachers toSomalia for a three year period,meaning afterthree years Cameroon would get all 100 teachersback. Cameroon would receive 90 pounds offish and 90 pounds of bananas.