Reflects on how to make the Food System Resilient

The Network for the Fight Against Hunger, RELUFA, through the LandCam project, joined the international community in celebrating World Food Day 2020. A workshop to mark the day was organised in Yaounde with various stakeholders including representatives from the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, MINAT, the Ministry of Agriculture, MINADER, the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, MINEPAT, the Ministry of State Property and Land Tenure, MINDCAF, United Nations systems, FAO and UNHCR, civil society organizations, and journalists to reflect on how to make the food system resilient and prevent hunger, particularly among vulnerable populations, internally displaced persons and refugees.

World Food Day was celebrated this year under the theme “Cultivate, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.” RELUFA used the celebration of this day to revisit the problem of resilient food systems in a context of health crisis and socio-political conflicts, while reiterating the importance of secure access to land in the systems.

Thus, the impacts of Covid-19 on food systems and displaced persons; the importance of secure access to land in the food system, and the results of a study on land acquisition procedures for the settlement of refugees and IDPs conducted by RELUFA were the focus of discussions during the workshop. Presented by Sandrine Kouba of RELUFA, this study analyses the normative framework and practices relating to land acquisition for the settlement of refugees and internally displaced persons in relation to the land rights of host communities and formulates proposals that take into account the migration context created by conflict.

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