Cameroon – Food Insecurity: 3 million Cameroonians are hungry!

Written by Deckson N.

The WFP wants to remedy the situation by 2030.

The observation made by the World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) estimates that 15.4% of Cameroonians are hungry. Clearly, this is a little more than 1,073,187 people who face extreme food insecurity in Cameroon, reported Le Messager newspaper of Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Also, 44% of children suffering from chronic hunger in the CEMAC zone are in Cameroon. And the situation would be bodied with IDPs and refugees in Eastern and Far North regions. All this is the result of the armed attacks of the extremist group Boko Haram.

Faced with this situation, which is increasing, it is a matter for Cameroon to review its policy objectives so that they are secured to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said the newspaper. Indeed, the conclusion that emerges is that the current policies in food security are no longer adequate, says Guy-Ronel Guemaleu, Deputy Director of the multilateral cooperation in MINEPAT.

During the consultation workshop held on this subject on July 7 in Bamenda, it was “a question of improving food security and nutrition policy in Cameroon,” said Elvira Pruscini, Deputy Country Director of WFP Cameroon. The opportunity in this workshop for the Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique Deben Tchoffo to invite participants to provide concrete proposals that will serve as the synopsis for the implementation of appropriate strategies to combat the spread of the scourge.

And as so aptly reminded Elvira Pruscini, “we must make the monitoring of its implementation in order to reach a plea aimed at improving food security in Cameroon.” The ultimate goal is to reduce to zero by 2030, hunger in Cameroon.

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