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Agriculture: Dropping yields raise food insecure population to 3 mln

Agriculture: Dropping yields raise food insecure population to 3 mln
  • Comments   -   Thursday, 04 May 2023 19:36

(Business in Cameroon) - Nearly three million food insecure individuals have been identified in Cameroon between March and May 2023, according to figures revealed on May 3, 2023, in Yaoundé by the Harmonized Framework (HF) for identifying risk areas and populations living in food and nutritional insecurity. 

The figure is more alarming than the 2.7 million identified in March 2021. This situation is the result of a decline in agricultural yields due to a rise in the price of inputs, floods in the northern regions, climate change, and the sociopolitical crisis in the Northwest and Southwest.  

The number of food-insecure people represents 11% of the country's overall population, according to official data. Specifically, 1% of this population, or 335,899 people, is considered to be in an emergency and requires immediate action. On the other hand, 2.6 million people, or 10% of the food insecure population, are considered to be in a simple crisis.

The food insecure population is located in seventeen departments. The Northwest and Southwest that have been grappling with a sociopolitical crisis since 2016 account for 11 of those departments. 

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