Cameroon: F55 billion to solve food problems in five regions
On November 18, 2023, Guillemette Sidonie JAFFRIN, accompanied by a delegation, was received in audience by the Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA) to discuss the matter.
The World Bank's new Director of Operations has just led a mission to support the implementation of the Emergency Food Crisis Project in the field, and in particular in the five regions concerned by the project. These are the North-West, South-West, East, Adamaoua and Far-North regions. The meeting revealed that preparatory activities are progressing smoothly, and that the project itself is due to start in the first quarter of 2024.
MINEPIA was keen to point out to his host that " the project has to get off the ground, but activities have to be planned before they can be implemented among needy populations. All the teams are mobilized to reach the populations ", Dr. TAÏGA told his host. For the implementation of this project, MINEPIA will rely on implementing agencies such as CDEN, CDENO, CDPM and MIDEPECAM. Support will be provided to 7,500 livestock farmers, notably in the form of equipment and production inputs for pork, poultry, table eggs, small ruminants, honey and milk. Support is also expected for 4,000 fisheries and aquaculture producers.
" The mission of the PULCCA is to provide concrete solutions to populations facing food crises. Financed to the tune of 100 million Euros, or 55 billion F CFA, the livestock component should come out ahead with at least 13 billion, and will last 3 years", Minepia emphasizes. According to Pulcca, by the end of December 2021, 2.43 million Cameroonians were facing acute food insecurity and almost a quarter of a million were in emergency humanitarian conditions. Projections from June to August 2022 show that 2.38 million people will face acute insecurity.
The aim of the project is to improve food and nutritional security and increase the climatic resilience of targeted households and producers. For, on the demand side, as explained in Pulcca's documentation, low affordability, due to rising food prices and low incomes, is increasing food insecurity in Cameroon. "Currently (April 2022 ed.), commodity prices are rising despite government restrictions on grain exports. At the moment,48% of Cameroonians cannot afford a diet that meets their nutritional needs, and 24% cannot afford a diet that meets their energy needs".