EU boost to WFP operations in Cameroon helps address emergency food needs of internally displaced persons and host communities
“The funding could not have come at a more crucial moment, as we are ramping up our assistance to meet increasing food needs in these regions where 1.1 million people are food insecure. As we roll out our 2022-2026 Country Strategic Plan, partners like the EU are vital to our efforts to address the food needs of the most vulnerable food insecure people affected by conflict, climate change and rising costs,” said Wanja Kaaria, WFP Representative and Country Director in Cameroon.”
The EU funds helped WFP provide both in-kind food including rice, pulses, oil, and salt, and cash assistance in areas where both security and markets conditions allow people to access a variety of food commodities in markets.
The Northwest and Southwest (NWSW) regions of Cameroon continue to face growing humanitarian challenges as violent clashes and insecurity remain widespread. Over one million people were severely food insecure between October and December 2022 (Cadre Harmonisé, October 2022), compared to 978,000 people between June and August in 2022. With recent food price rises linked to the conflict in Ukraine, the number of people needing food assistance in the Northwest and Southwest regions is expected to increase further.
WFP is facing a crucial funding gap of US$ 28 million from January to June 2023 to adequately meet the food and nutrition needs of around one million vulnerable communities and persons displaced by conflict, climate change and rising costs in the Northwest and Southwest, Far North, East, Adamawa, and North regions of Cameroon.