Between 2018 and 2023, the "McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition" program successfully provided approximately 24 million meals to schoolchildren in Cameroon. This initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and executed by the American organization Nascent Solutions, disclosed this impactful achievement on November 24 in Ngaoundéré (Adamaoua) during a workshop evaluating the program's sustainability in school canteens.
The program, which supports the government's efforts to strengthen food security in the country, aims to improve literacy and primary education, particularly for girls, and to increase the use of positive health and nutrition practices among children and their communities. It includes the donation of US agricultural products, as well as financial and technical assistance to support school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects. This second phase was carried out in the North-West, North, Adamaoua, and East regions, with an overall envelope of over $23 million (over XAF14 billion at current dollar value).
The first phase, implemented from 2015 to 2018 in the Northwest region, benefited from a $12 million allocation from the US government, equivalent to over XAF7 billion at current dollar value. The "Food for Education" program will continue in Cameroon, which has been designated as one of seven priority countries for its implementation over the next five years (2024-2028). The other participating countries include Haiti, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and Togo. According to the Ministry of External Relations (Minrex), these countries will collectively receive an overall budget of $224 million (over XAF136 billion) over five years.