More than 11 000 Metric Tons of Food Commodities, donated by the United States Government through USAID, arrive at the Douala Port to Support Households Most Affected by Food Insecurity in Cameroon.
Douala, Cameroon – On June 8, 2023, officials of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited the Port of Douala for the official reception of 11,214 MT of rice (2.2 million bags of 50 kilos each) to be distributed to populations living in the regions most affected by food insecurity in Cameroon, including those affected by the crises in the Far North, North West and South West regions, and refugees from the Central African Republic in the East region.
The United States Government through USAID, and its partner, WFP, made this donation to help combat food insecurity in Cameroon and the Central African Republic. This rice donation will help Cameroon meet the food and nutritional needs of refugees, internally displaced persons, and host communities living in the most vulnerable regions.
During the official reception USAID Representative, Philippe Accilien, stated that “this food donation, in collaboration with the government of Cameroon, will help the country meet the urgent food and nutritional security needs of the population, especially to the more than 2.3 million people who, according to the results of the Harmonized Framework, would be acutely food insecure between June and August 2023.”
Wanja Kaaria Director of WFP in Cameroon added that “The World Food Programme appreciates this contribution from the United States of America, and the strong partnership with the Cameroonian Government, with whom WFP will be able to reach the most vulnerable people in the six regions most affected by food insecurity (Far North, North, Adamaoua, East, North-West and South-West).”
The U.S. government is the lead provider of humanitarian assistance to Cameroon through activities funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. USAID provides food, water, health, shelter, and other life-saving services to approximately 1.4 million beneficiaries. USAID is the lead donor of WFP in Cameroon, with approximately CFA 20.8 billion contribution in 2022.
For more information on USAID’s activities in Cameroon, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/cameroon