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The REseau de LUtte contre la FAim (RELUFA) is a non-partisan national network of Cameroonian ecumenical and secular non-profit organizations and mainstream churches. The member organizations come from all regions in Cameroon and have joined forces to develop common strategies against systemic problems of hunger, poverty, and socio-, economic- and environmental injustice. Since 2001 RELUFA enjoys legal status under Cameroonian law.


Last updated: December 17, 2014


Food Sovereignty
Vulnerable communities in the semi-Saharan Far North Province are thriving through their participation in the network's Food Sovereignty program. Having been organized to run their own communal grain banks, farmers in 42 villages now ward off speculators at harvest time. Instead of selling their yields to merchants who hoard the produce to maximize profits later in the year, the crops are stored in the village granary. When families run out of their own reserves, they can take grains on in-kind credit and pay back this loan from the next sorghum harvest later in the year. Read more...


RELUFA's micro-finance initiative Credit Against Poverty, CAP, works to meet the more tangible needs of target groups affiliated with RELUFA's member organizations and other strategic partners. CAP offers a variety of loan products. CAP Holidays, for example, is geared towards University and High School students, enabling them to undertake small business ventures during the long and often idle summer break. RELUFA celebrated the 2008 International Women's Day by launching CAP for Women aimed at the self-development of society's underprivileged gender. Upon the request from subsistence farmers in the Far North, CAP Education helps pay their children's tuition at the beginning of the new school year.  Read more...


Equity and Transparency in the Extractive Industries

RELUFA identified the so-called 'resource curse' as the most poignant manifestation of global forces impinging upon the Central African territory. The region's abundant wealth in natural resources does not trickle down to the majority of its people living off less than $2 a day. Rather than improving living standards, oil-, gas- and mining industries often cost poor communities their livelihood, their drinking water and their natural environment. The vast revenues generated in this lucrative sector tend to prop up corrupt leaders and support war fare, at the expense of democratic processes.  Read more...


Land and Trade Justice

While raising awareness about the struggles of Cameroonian fruit farmers against the world's largest fresh fruit producer, RELUFA is organizing to offer consumers an alternative: grown and processed according to Fair Trade standards by producers affiliated with the network, dried pineapple, mango, papaya and banana is now being marketed in the US through Partners for Just Trade.  Read more...


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December 2014 - General Updates

From 8 to 9 December 2014, RELUFA organized a workshop to validate a study on access to information and management of land concessions in Cameroon. This activity was conducted as part of a project entitled "Mobilizing Civil Society for advocacy to improve the legal and institutional framework on access to information in the allocation and management processes of agro-industrial land concessions ", implemented since August 1st, 2014 and funded by the Program For Support to Civil Society (PASC) ...

More information on the project.


October 2014 - General Updates

New publication on the Right to Food

At the time the entire World is celebrating the International World Food Day this October 16, three million Cameroonians (15% of the population) are still malnourished according to official figures. The objective of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate hunger by 2015 may not be achieved since Cameroon is struggling to convert its endowments in to solid growth and reduce poverty. RELUFA is sounding the alarm bell through a document made public on October 16, 2014 and entitled "Emergence without hunger in Cameroon in 2035? Advocacy for the full realization of the right to food for all in Cameroon.”
This report provides a general assessment of the level of realization of the right to food in Cameroon and makes some recommendations.

Read the Report


New publication on Extractives Industries

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) can be a tool for improved governance of the extractive sector in EITI implementing countries that fully follow the new EITI standard. Sub national revenue transfers and social expenditures can contribute to local development. RELUFA in its mission of promoting benefits for local communities from extractive projects has published a study on:
“EITI and Mining Governance in Cameroon: Between Rhetoric and Reality
Sub national payments and transfers from quarry in the locality of Figuil.”

The study examines the framework for social expenditures of extractive companies and the level of application of the Cameroon mining code that provides for the allocation of a share of the extraction tax to local communities and councils affected by mining projects. The town of Figuil in the North Cameroon, host to two oldest industrial quarry projects for Cement and marble production is the basis for this case study.

Read the study


July 2014 - General Updates

Newsletter of the Extractive Industries Program

  • Editorial: Football and Extractive Resources on the Quest for Transparency
  • New EITI Standards: Stakes, Challenges and Opportunities
  • Community Development Agreement: Solution to Friction between Local Communities and Mining Companies in Cameroon
  • Central African Crisis: Potential Threat on the Credibility of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in Cameroon.

Read the full Newsletter


April 2014 - General Updates

Article on Perspectives on Food Security and the Emerging Power Footprint in Cameroon By Adam Sneyd Department of Political Science and the International Development Studies Program, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada. This article argues that Cameroon could achieve a more sustainable and equitable food system if greater policy attention is directed toward understanding the range of perspectives that contend to influence food security policy, and to engaging with viewpoints that vie to assess the ‘footprint’ of emerging powers in this area. - Read the Article


March 2014 - General Updates

Information Note

To promote better monitoring of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Cameroon, the Network for the Fight against Hunger (RELUFA) and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), both members of the Cameroon coalition of Publish What You Pay are organizing a training workshop in Yaounde from the 18th to the 20th of March 2014. This workshop is intended to strengthen the capacity of media practitioners and civil society organizations in Cameroon on the analysis of EITI reports and better understanding of the 2013 EITI New Standards.


January 2014 - General Updates

Letter to UN Special Rapporteurs for SEFE and Nature Cameroon

The Herakles Farms project to develop a 20,000 ha oil palm plantation in the South-West Region of Cameroon has generated a lot of concern and controversy. Opposition from affected communities and local civil society organizations has resulted in intimidation and lawsuits by the company against local organizations and activists. RELUFA has joined 17 other national and international civil society organizations to notify some special rapporteurs of the United Nations about the situation. Read the letter to the UN special rapporteurs


November 2013 - General Updates

New presidential decrees attributes land to SGSOC

This November 25th, 2013, the president of the Republic of Cameroon has assigned provisional land concessions to American company SGSOC on an area of 19,843 ha of land in the national domain. The granted land is located in 20 villages in the Nguti, Mundemba and Toko sub divisions of the South West region of Cameroon.

The company is required to invest an amount of 259 billion FCFA for three years of the provisional land lease and shall also pay to the state, a land rent of 198,430,000 million CFA francs for the same during this period.

The reactions of the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and the Network for the Fight against Hunger (RELUFA) in the following press release

Read the press Release.


New publication from UNAFAS and RELUFA

  • In collaboration with UNAFAS, RELUFA produced a source book for teachers  on Extractive Industries in Cameroon.



Newsletter of Extractives Industries Program

  • Editorial: The Challenge with Mining Projects in Cameroon
  • What results for the first year of implementation of the Kimberley initiative in Cameroon
  • Analysis of the 2011 EITI report : Cameroon should do better
  • Limited Progress in the Evolution of the Kimberley process norme during the intercessional Anniversary from 4th to 7th of June 2013.
  • What the validation of Cameroon in EITI does not reveal.

Read the Newsletter


October 2013 - General Updates

  • The Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and the Reseau de Lutte contre la Faim (RELUFA), presents a new report on "Monitoring Local Content and Fiscal Obligations of Mining Companies in Cameroon: Case of the Cameroon and Korea Mining Incorporation Mobilong,East Cameroon". This report analyses the local content and fiscal obligations of the C&K Diamond mining project in Mobilong in the East region of Cameroon as provided for in national laws and regulations and evaluates the level of respect of these obligations by the company.

Read the report

  • CED and RELUFA releases a report "Dipossessed at all costs? Remarks on the Process of allocating land to SGSOC in Nguti sub-division". The reports identifies the inconsistencies in the procedures being used for Herakles Farms to obtain a land concession in Nguti in the South West Region of Cameroon.

Read the Report.

September 2013 - General Updates

  • Newsletter of the Land and Food Justice Program
    • Editorial: Complaint against Herakles Farms.
    • Mobilization of the population and CSO's against Herakles Farms yield fairly positive results
    • Food Insecurity in the Far North region ceases to be a myth for cameroonian journalists
    • Members of PCUSA visit RELUFA and the villages around the Herakles concession
    • Echoes from some villages involved in the RELUFA Community Grain Banks

Read the Newsletter


June 2013 - General Updates

  • Newsletter of the Extractive Industries Program
    • Editorial: Transparency, Governements and Extractive Industries
    • Challenge to the Implementation of the Kimberley Process in Cameroon
    • The Distress of the local population around the Mobilong diamond Project
    • Corporate Social Responsibility in the Extractive Industries in Cameroon: Retrospectives and Prospects
    • Transparency of Extractive Revenues and Local Development in Cameroon: Lessons from the local population of Figuil and Kribi.

Read the Newsletter

  • The Herakles Farms oil palm plantation in the south West region of Cameroon continue to raise concerns following some reports alleging cases of corruption by the company . CED and RELUFA has submitted an OECD complaint in the USA for investigations to be conducted on the corruption allegationst. Read the Press Release.


May 2013 - General Updates

Revenue Watch Institute released its 2013 Resource Governance Index (RGI) on the 15th of May 2013. Read details of the Index data and the report.

RELUFA has issued a statement following the release of the Revenue Watch Resource Governance Index in which Cameroon is grouped among countries in the " Failing" category. Read the RELUFA statement.


April 2013 - RELUFA Food and Land Justice Newsletter


  • Editorial: The Herakles Farms (SGSOC) oil palm Plantation Project: The Saga Continues
  • The Communication Strategy of the Fair Fruit Project bears fruit
  • The State of Cameroon neglects The Right To Food of the People of Mudemba
  • The Impact of written Land Laws on Land Rights of Local and indigenous population in Cameroon.

Read the Newsletter.


February 2013 - General Updates

  • Second Report on the SGSOC/Herakles Project

The Network for the Fight against Hunger (RELUFA) and the Centre For Environment and Development (CED) have published their second report on the Herakles Farms oil palm project. The report titled “Above All Laws? How an American Company Operates Illegally in Cameroon” exposes the numerous cases of violations of the constitution, international conventions ratified by Cameroon and the laws of the Republic by an American company in their operations to start a palm oil plantation in the south west region of Cameroon. - Read the report.

  • New documentary film on Artisanal Mining in Cameroon

Artisanal mining has been the subject of international attention for several years now. For example, Within the Kimberley Process, two declarations from the Working Group on artisanal and alluvial mining were adopted (Moscow Declaration of 2005 and the Washington Declaration of 2012). The Washington declaration focuses on the relationship between artisanal mining, the Kimberley Process and development. This is implicitly the subject of this video titled “Minerals of Hope” that explores diamond mining in the Kadey division of Cameroon close to the border with the Central African Republic. - Watch the Video

  • New Publication on Artisanal Mining in Cameroon

Cameroon has been admitted as a participating country in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme since the 14 August 2012. As part of activities within its extractive industries program, RELUFA has made an inventory of artisanal mining in the Kadey division of the east region of Cameroon in anticipation of the implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. What are the challenges we must overcome to fulfill the objectives of this initiative? How long will this last? Under what conditions can the process generate development of the areas concerned? This report sheds some light on these issues. Read the report



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