Food Insecurity in Cameroon
Impact of COVID-19 on Hunger
As lockdowns and social distancing continue, people are losing their jobs, farmers are unable to harvest their crops and markets to sell goods are disappearing. People have little means to make an income, making purchasing food impossible and thus increasing the state of hunger in Cameroon.
The World Food Programme
Fortunately, the WFP has programs in place to help mitigate this increasing problem. One of the programs started in Cameroon is handing out take-home rations from schools to ensure that children are getting fed at home. Originally, schools would cook meals from the food provided by the WFP and feed children during the school day. However, since schools were closed due to COVID-19, they’ve begun handing out dry rations consisting of rice, pulses, salt and vegetable oil.
The WFP also provides training on managing inventory for the food stocks to make them as useful as possible. Gloves and handwashing stations are also being made available at the schools. Furthermore, this initiative provides school teachers with a platform to educate parents and children about safe practices during COVID-19.
COVID-19 is presenting new and extensive challenges to food security around the world. Fortunately, organizations like the WFP are committing to helping and uplifting populations during the world’s greatest time of need.
– Paige Wallace