The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Henri Eyebe Ayissi, has dispelled rumours that the violence-plagued Anglophone Regions of Cameroon are ravaged by famine.
In an outing on Monday, August 13, 2018, Minister Eyebe Ayissi, flanked by Territorial Administration Minister, Paul Atanga Nji and Communications Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, as well as some international partners told the press that there is no famine in the two Anglophone Regions or any area in Cameroon.
“There is no famine in the South West and North West Regions,” Ayissi hammered. He also announced that Government through the Emergency Relief Plan would be assisting the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons and in like manner fighting against any cases of malnutrition or famine.
The Minister’s outing comes after prices of basic foodstuff have skyrocketed in local markets in places like Kumba, Mamfe, Ekondo Titi, Bangem, Tombel, Fako, areas which used to be considered as the breadbasket of Cameroon because of their high productivity. This is because most farmers have either ran into the bushes, some in Nigeria and others have moved out of their regular areas of harbour and are internally displaced.
With the rural areas hardest hit by the violence, especially the burning down of entire villages by the military there are fears that an impending famine will hit Cameroon because most of the productive agrarian settlements have been razed.
Even markets in Douala which used to rely on these areas for supply have also witnessed rising prices. Talking to some residences in the North West and South West Regions, they alleged that the situation is getting worst and they can barely feed their families. Some displaced persons are now at the mercy of churches and well-wishers which give them handouts for daily upkeep.