The United States Provides Additional $27.9 Million for Emergency Food Assistance to People Affected by Food Insecurity in Cameroon
Yaoundé, Cameroon— The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $27.9 million (17 billion F CFA) in response to the growing food insecurity that is already affecting millions of people in Cameroon. The $27.9 million (17 billion F CFA) for Cameroon is part of USAID’s $311 million (188.6 billion F CFA) response to address food insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa. This Emergency Food Assistance will enable USAID partners to provide emergency food and nutrition assistance to more than one million people including internally displaced persons, refugees, and host communities. This latest USAID contribution will include in-kind food assistance such as rice, grains, vegetable oil, and specialized food for the treatment of acute malnutrition, in addition to vouchers and cash for purchasing food from local markets, thereby supporting the local economy. The funding also supports protection activities— including safe spaces and psychosocial support— for crisis-affected communities, as well as emergency shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance.
The funding, which was announced during the European Union-organized 2022 High-Level Pledging event on the Food and Nutrition Crises in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions, continues America’s enduring support for the most vulnerable people of Cameroon.
The USAID assistance comes at a critical time, as the United Nations estimates that more than two million people will face food shortages during the upcoming lean season in Cameroon, which is the period between planting and harvest, from May to August, when food typically runs out across agricultural communities. In the Lake Chad Basin, this is exacerbated by an existing poor harvest, the effects of violence that continue to deplete household food stocks and resources, and the consequences of COVID 19.
The United States remains committed to helping the people of Cameroon during this time of need, with USAID contributing more than $50 million (30.4 billion F CFA) for humanitarian assistance each year.
For more information on USAID’s activities in Cameroon, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/cameroon