FROM THE FIELD: Cameroon’s displaced, get hooked on fish

FAO has provided aquaculture training to displaced men and women so they can breed fish for their own consumption and for sale.
© FAO Cameroon
FAO has provided aquaculture training to displaced men and women so they can breed fish for their own consumption and for sale.

FROM THE FIELD: Cameroon’s displaced, get hooked on fish

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Cameroonians who have been displaced by conflict and climate change in the north of the West African country are turning to aquaculture as an alternative source of income, thanks to support from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

They’ve been learning how to breed fish in tanks hundreds of miles away from the sea, in a region where crops, raising animals and artisanal fishing on Lake Chad, have been the traditional farming activities.

Displaced people have been trained to process the fish for sale.
Displaced people have been trained to process the fish for sale. © FAO Cameroon

There are more than 300,000 internally displaced people in the Far North Region of Cameroon who have been driven from their homes by both terrorist activity and the shrinking of Lake Chad due to climate change.

In early 2021, some 2.7 million people were thought to be food insecure in the country, a situation which the COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated.

Read more here about how displaced people are fishing for a new future.

And find out more here about FAO’s work in Cameroon.