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Camerún

Recurrent floods, erratic distribution of rainfall and the influx of refugees from neighbouring countries have caused over 1.7 million people to be food insecure.

Irregular and poor rainfall in recent years has led to a reduction of 40 percent of planted areas in Cameroon. Unfavourable rainfall, coupled with obsolete water infrastructure, such as dams, has also caused devastating floods. These climatic hazards have particularly affected the northern regions of the country, resulting in high rates of chronic malnutrition and leaving the population without any resources to produce food in the short term or to cope with future economic or environmental crises

A worsening situation in the Far North region

The Far North region is densely populated and highly vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity. Food production in this region barely meets the needs of the population. High levels of poverty prevent farming families from increasing their food production.

The situation in Logone-and-Chari department is worse, particularly owing to the drought in 2009 and floods in 2010, and compounded by the 2012 Sahel crisis. The rural population of this department, estimated at 400 000 people, depends primarily on cereal crops, such as maize, sorghum, millet, cowpea and rice. In terms of livestock production, men rear cattle, while small ruminant production is a female-dominated activity.

Boosting food production

The main objective of FAO’s resilience building intervention in the Far North region is to improve food security and protect the livelihoods of vulnerable populations by boosting cereal production through the provision of improved seeds, tools and training.

 

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 - Key points Despite the resumption of rainfall in the region, countries along the Atlantic coast still record rainfall deficits affecting agricultural and pastoralist production. The extension of the ...read more
24/09/2014
 - The United Nations are calling on the international donor community to renew a commitment to fight food insecurity. Increased efforts need to be boosted in the ...read more
25/07/2014
 - The United Nations today called on the international donor community to renew a commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel by protecting and ...read more
25/07/2014
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 - Key points Population displacements as a result of violence in the Central African Republic, in northern Nigeria and in northern Mali, pose a humanitarian risk in the ...read more
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 - Introduction June 2014: Despite continuous efforts of governments and partners to fight hunger in the Sahel, the situation remains of great concern. Since January 2014 and after an ...read more
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 - Despite continuous efforts of governments and partners to fight hunger in the Sahel, the situation remains of great concern. Since January 2014, following an early start ...read more
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 - The Regional training workshop on “Integrating Nutrition and Food Security programming for emergency response and resilience building” aims to build capacities of humanitarian actors on how ...read more
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