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Cameroon | Supporting household resilience of Lake Chad Basin communities affected by the Boko Haram

Aug 2020

Thanks to the funding of Ireland, FAO implemented its project OSRO/CMR/803/IRE entitled ‘’Supporting household resilience of Lake Chad Basin communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency’’. 

The project aimed at restoring and improving the livelihoods, food security and nutrition of the most vulnerable households affected by the Boko Haram crisis and the impacts of the drying up of Lake Chad. In total, the project supported 1 500 households among vulnerable internally displaced people, returnees and host communities in the Blanhoua site in Logone and Chari division. A total of 1 200 households benefitted from the distribution of agricultural inputs and 300 beneficiaries from cash for work (CFW) activities. Beneficiary households were organised in 80 groups (Joint Initiative Groups, Cooperatives) to ensure the sustainability of the project. In total, 40 groups benefitted from agricultural activities (market gardening with an emphasis on nutritious multi-purpose legume crops) and 40 groups benefitted from fish farming activities (development of fishponds and management of fish farms, as well as technical support on production, processing and marketing). 

Moreover, 30 women (15 per site) were trained on conservation techniques for fish, fruits and vegetables, such as dry salting, sugaring and solar drying. Finally, the 300 beneficiaries of CFW activities constructed 80 wells (40 for market gardening groups and 40 for fish farming groups) and four beneficiaries were trained on the maintenance of the hydraulic equipment.

Author: FAO Cameroon

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