Cameroon

Cameroon

In the past

Read more about FAO in emergencies and the crisis in the Lake Chad BasinSince 2013, Cameroon has been experiencing a complex humanitarian crisis. With over double the number of food insecure people since June 2015 ‒ from 1.1 to 2.7 million ‒ the situation has sharply deteriorated. Armed conflict in the Central African Republic and notheastern Nigeria have triggered a huge influx of refugees, while nearly 200 000 Cameroonians have been internally displaced due to natural disasters and the presence of Boko Haram in the country. This has increased pressure on vulnerable host communities, particularly in the eastern and northern regions, who were already affected by food insecurity, malnutrition and diseases, and have limited access to basic social services.

Concerning agricultural situation

Agricultural activities continue to be severely affected, particularly in the Far North region, by civil unrest that has spread from neighbouring Nigeria and recurrent climate shocks. In the Far North region, livestock rearing activities have also been affected by the crisis, with large numbers of cattle reported to be stolen. Cameroonian authorities have temporarily closed several cattle markets in an effort to curb illicit livestock trade. As a result, 35 percent of the northern population is food insecure and households lack access to inputs and productive assets.

Boosting food production

Given reduced agricultural production due to erratic weather conditions and widespread insecurity, timely and effective agricultural support is essential in 2017 to mitigate the impact of the crisis, and enable vulnerable farmers to produce their own food and generate income. To help avert a full-scale food security and nutrition crisis in the coming months, under the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan, FAO requires USD 4.6 million to respond to the needs of 100 000 crisis-hit farmers, mainly through increased crop, vegetable and livestock production.

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More about the country

 - In the context of increasing humanitarian crises, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme are committed, alongside Member States, ...read more
22/08/2018
 - Civil wars and conflicts have increased markedly in the past decade, leading to the recent reverse of a steady trend towards reducing hunger. They take their heaviest toll ...read more
07/08/2018
 - A new FAO report sounds the alarm on some of the world's most severely underfunded crises, which in the wake of new shocks require an urgent ...read more
01/08/2018
 - In the first half of 2018, conflicts, droughts and floods in countries already experiencing complex crises have left millions of people facing a further deterioration in their food security ...read more
30/07/2018
 -  to assist 58 100 million people FAO requires USD 6.2 million period January – December 2018                                 Caught between two major protracted crises in neighbouring countries, Cameroon continues to face a sharp deterioration ...read more
08/02/2018
 - With conflict and climate-related shocks sending global hunger numbers marching back up after declining for decades, FAO is asking for $1.06 billion to save lives and livelihoods and ...read more
08/02/2018
 - Key points: The agricultural production is expected to be overall average to above-average in West Africa and the Sahel. Fodder deficits persist in the extreme North-East of Chad, ...read more
31/10/2017
 - In the Lake Chad Basin, the security crisis exacerbates the challenges faced by vulnerable farmers and herders, already affected by climate hazards over the past decade. ...read more
19/10/2017
 - Key messages Restoring agricultural livelihoods is a priority to avoid a further deterioration of the food security situation of displaced people and host communities in the coming ...read more
12/07/2017
 - Key Points: Expected seasonal forecast of overall average to slightly below average in the Southern Gulf of Guinea countries. Expected seasonal forecast of overall cumulative rainfall in Sudano-sahelian ...read more
09/06/2017