The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has provided a vital boost to agricultural production in Cameroon's Far North region, devastated by atrocities linked to the Boko Haram terrorist group. The agency distributed agricultural equipment and supplies worth nearly XAF44 million to producer and breeder groups, supporting the government's efforts to strengthen food security and revitalize local economies.
This initiative directly benefits communities in the Logone-et-Chari department, which bore the brunt of Boko Haram violence. According to the state-owned daily Cameroon Tribune, the equipment follows training in agricultural and livestock fattening techniques provided to these groups since July 2022. This capacity-building is part of the broader "Regional Stabilization Facility for the Lake Chad Basin: Cameroon Window" project, implemented under UNDP's leadership.
The project aims to restore state authority and rebuild trust with affected communities, laying the groundwork for lasting peace and development. The first phase (2019-2021) targeted five localities: Blangoua, Amchidé, Limani, Mayo-Moskota, and Waza. The current phase (2021-2024) expands its reach to seven additional areas: Fotokol, Kolofata, Hile-Alifa, Makari, Logone-Birni, Mozogo, and Mokolo. The budget for this phase is $44 million (over XAF26 billion).