Women tend to their crops at an Action Against Hunger project in Cameroon.

Cameroon

Thousands of people in the West African country, including refugees from neighbouring countries, struggle to get enough food.

Cameroon is facing an unprecedented triple humanitarian crisis: attacks from armed groups, escalation of independence- and separatist-related violence and the Central African refugee crisis.

Political strife in the Central African Republic and violence linked to the rise of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region, have both led to an increase in refugees crossing the border into Cameroon.

There is also ongoing armed conflict between the government and local militias in English-speaking regions of the country, causing many to flee their homes.

Covid-19 has threatened the country’s access to food and affected both agricultural production and local food supply chains. Despite the easing of government restrictions, there has yet to be a full economic recovery as employment opportunities are still limited.

Country facts

  • 627,876

    Action Against Hunger's programmes in Cameroon reached over 600,000 people in 2020.

  • 25.9M

    Cameroon has a population of over 25 million.

  • 28.9%

    Almost 30% of children under five in Cameroon suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s programmes in Cameroon

Action Against Hunger has worked in Cameroon since 2014. Our projects include:

  • treating over 60,000 children and 28,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women at our mobile nutrition clinics
  • helping refugees and host communities with food security and livelihoods programmes
  • supporting communities in the country’s far north with water, sanitation and hygiene projects
  • fighting against the underlying causes of undernutrition and promoting social cohesion
  • supporting the Ministry of Public Health with the development of Covid-19 guidelines, including contact tracing, an early warning system, screenings and referrals
Contact tracing in CameroonSamuel, an Action Against Hunger contact tracer in Cameroon.

Contact tracing in Cameroon

How frontline workers are preventing the spread of coronavirus in the country’s capital Yaoundé.

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Save lives todayA child is screened for malnutrition at an Action Against Hunger treatment centre in Cameroon.

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