Food Security

Primary Problem

The Anglophone crisis which started in 2016 as a mere teachers and lawyers strike has progressively escalated into a full armed conflict between secessionists and government security forces, resulting in many civilian deaths, destruction of villages and livelihood activities, disruption of basic services and public infrastructure.  The Anglophone crisis has affected over 2,763,000 people, with over 1,133,000 people displaced from their habitual location to other areas in search of peace and security and over 787,000 people in serious need of humanitarian assistance. The degradation of security situation in the NWSW pushed and still continues to push many into the nearby region of the West and littoral regions.  Most of these displaced populations have taken refuge in bushes/forest, in the NWSW regions and in Urban settings mainly in the West and Littoral and have been facing a myriad of challenges in health, education, water and sanitation, Gender Based Violence, Protection, nutrition, shelter, livelihoods and food security.

According to various rapid need assessments that were conducted by the UN and local NGOs in terms of Food insecurity , Across the North West and South West regions, 1.5 million people are food insecure, with 906,461 (60%) in North West and 600,952 (40%) in South West and 312,154 people are severely food insecure corresponding to 8% of the combined population of both regions. 50% of IDPs in the North West are food insecure (52,080 people) with 13% being severely food insecure (13,650 people); and 41% of IDPs in the South West are food insecure (99,876 people) with 8% being severely food insecure (19,926 people). The situation appeared to be the same for the IDPs in the West and Littoral regions. SHUMAS and various partners have been working seriously for the past 2 years in the areas of food security to provide food assistance to those affected in these regions.

Procurement of food supplies
humanitarian Response
IDPS queued for food collection

The main objective of the program is to provide food assistance to IDPs and affected vulnerable host populations who are food insecure.

SHUMAS through partnerships carries our Rapid Need Assessments in various affected communities, and through established vulnerability criteria select food insecure affected population in the North West, South West, West and Littoral regions and provide them with food assistance.

  • 45,000 IDPs and affected vulnerable host populations have been benefiting from food assistance from SHUMAS in partnership WFP since 2019 which is still ongoing
  • SHUMAS and BSFA have provided food assistance for 2450 IDPs in the West region for 3 times and counting
  • 2800 IDPs benefiting from food assistance in the Littoral region

Many IDPs and affected host populations are in need but the resources available to SHUMAS are limited to provide assistance to these populations in and out of the Anglophone regions.

SHUMAS is seeking funding to be able to reach out to hundreds of thousands in need of humanitarian food assistance.