Cameroon

Cameroon

Read more about FAO in emergencies and the Lake Chad Basin crisisSince 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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 - Context Boko Haram-related violence in northeastern Nigeria has spilled over to areas of neighbouring Sahelian countries in the Lake Chad Basin – specifically, Cameroon, Chad and the ...read more
21/02/2017
 - Key Points: Food situation remains good in the region with new harvests. The off season crop campaign in the region is ongoing. Niger recorded a forage production deficit. Locust ...read more
10/02/2017
 - 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
31/01/2017
 - Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/06 to 31/08/2017. Compare it with the previous one.
09/01/2017
 - Les points essentiels: Les prévisions régionales de la production agricole sont en hausse par rapport à la moyenne des cinq dernières années. Toutefois, des baisses de la ...read more
09/01/2017
 - In 2017, FAO seeks USD 1.05 billion to assist over 40 million people in 41 countries. FAO in the 2017 Humanitarian Appeals
19/12/2016
 - Key points The decrease in rainfall marks the end of the main agricultural campaign across West Africa and the Sahel. Floods affect 123 000 people in Niger. In Niger, the ...read more
15/12/2016
 - Key points Normal to above normal harvest and pasture production expected for the 2016/2017 cropping season. Spread of the Rift Valley fever in the region of Tahoua in ...read more
24/10/2016
 - Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/10 to 31/12/2016. Compare it with the previous one.
09/10/2016
 - Key points Relatively well-distributed rainfall in most of the region with above normal in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. Normal availability of pastures in the pastoral ...read more
26/09/2016