Cameroon: buying food aid locally also has risks

by IRIN News

Maliki Dahirou and Aboubakari Fadil supplied the World Food Program with thousands of metric tons of locally grown sorghum in 2007. Photo: David Hecht/IRIN

The port city of Douala is still a major hub for international food aid heading to Chad and Central African Republic, but the World Food Programme (WFP) in Cameroon is buying an increasing amount of its requirements locally.

Of the 70,000mt of food aid WFP’s regional office in Cameroon is forwarding to emergencies in neighbouring countries this year, about 26,000mt has been produced in Cameroon.