The US government has delivered a shipment of 11,214 tonnes of rice to Cameroon, representing 2.2 million 50-kilo bags. The donation was channeled through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support food-insecure people in the country.
Distribution on the ground will be carried out by the World Food Program (WFP) to populations in the Far North, North West, and South West regions, as well as to refugees from the Central African Republic in the East region, according to the US Embassy. "The U.S. government, through USAID, and its partner, the WFP, have funded this food donation to help combat food insecurity in Cameroon and the Central African Republic. This rice donation will help Cameroon meet the food and nutritional needs of refugees, internally displaced persons, and their host communities in regions most vulnerable to food insecurity," The US representation said.
The donation supports the efforts of the government and its partners to assist 2.3 million food-insecure people in Cameroon. "Thanks to this contribution and the strong partnership with the government of Cameroon, the WFP will be able to reach the most vulnerable people in the six regions most affected by food insecurity (Far North, North, Adamaoua, East, North-West and South-West)," says Wanja Kaaria, WFP Director in Cameroon