The Korean government has supported the World Food Programme, WFP with over FCFA 160 million aimed at providing emergency food assistance to some 960,000 people who are food insecure in the country, WFP News Release has revealed.
“WFP is grateful for the continuous generosity of the Korean Government”, said the Representative and Country Director of WFP Cameroon, Wanja Kaaria. “This contribution will enable us provide lifesaving assistance to vulnerable families” she added.
The Anglophone crisis in the North West and South West Regions of the country has since 2017 led to the displacement of over 500,000 people; some of whom go homeless in other more secure towns.
Thousands others though not displaced, have lost access to their farms, property and businesses destroyed due to smoky gun barrels in these regions which were hitherto breadbasket of the nation. Having a daily meal for this category of people has remained dicey.
An OCHA report of March 1, 2021 reveals that more and more people have fled their homes in North West and South West due to heightened insecurity in the region.
” The number of people benefiting from food assistance from Food Security Cluster partners as well as agriculture and livelihood activities in the North-West and South-West regions decreased by 94 per cent in one month (from 360,467 in December to 20,311 in January), due to insecurity and lack of funding” the report highlighted.
This donation from the Korean government, a key strategic partner supporting WFP in Cameroon, to achieve zero hunger in line with the Sustainable Development Goals is therefore expected to act as a bolster to food insecurity challenges amongst those affected by the crisis in the North West and South West regions.
It is worth noting that Cameroon is also dealing with an influx of refugees into its East region following post-electoral violence in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR). It is also managing a separate humanitarian crisis in its Far North region that is host to refugees from Northeast Nigeria and internally displaced people driven by violence from cross-border insurgency groups.