WFP Emergency Operations (EMOPs 200777 and 200799) have been extended up to December 2017 to continue addressing the food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable populations in Cameroon’s Far North and eastern regions.
In February, WFP plans to scale up the use of cash in food assistance programmes, increasing the targeted people from 45,000 to 80,000, while expanding to three new locations.
WFP continue to face critical funding gaps, impacting the level of food and nutrition assistance provided to all targeted groups (refugees, displaced and vulnerable host communities) in the Far North and eastern regions.
In the Far North region, WFP is scaling up food assistance support from 113,000 to 140,000 IDPs in 2017. With regards to these planning figures, WFP expects to reach 70 percent of the identified IDP population, while coordinating with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to ensure synergy and further maximize coverage of the humanitarian needs. Additionally, in 2017, seasonal food support will be introduced for 15,000 vulnerable local populations in the Adamawa region, following reports of a significant deterioration of the food security situation in these areas. Targeting exercises are ongoing to identify the most vulnerable populations to be considered for food assistance.
WFP and partners are expanding the use of cash-based transfers (CBT) in the humanitarian assistance response, including joint multi-cash based platforms, to allow greater flexibility in recipient food and non-food needs while promoting livelihood opportunities. From February onwards, CBT programmes will be expanded to three new locations in the East region (Lolo, Timangolo and Ngarissingo), while in the Far North, focus will remain on increasing the number of people targeted for assistance in areas around Mora, Mokolo and Kousseri where the necessary structures and systems have been put in place to ensure effective programme implementation. In 2017, WFP plans to inject USD 15 million in the local market economy.
WFP has been requested by the humanitarian community in Cameroon to co-lead the technical working group for cash-based transfers with the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
In early January, WFP and the Ministry of Women and Family Promotion, hosted a handover ceremony in Batouri, East region, during which 70 mill machines valued at USD 200,000 were distributed to women’s groups amongst refugees and local host communities. The mill machines will serve to assist these women in facilitating food processing, while also constituting an opportunity to engage in income generating activities.
WFP conducted the second round of data collection under the Food Security Monitoring System (FSMS) in December to follow-up on food security and market trends in the six departments of the Far North region. The bulletin no.2 is being finalized to be shared with partners in mid-February.