It is true that in the near future, there might be a hunger crisis in Southern Cameroons or a very sharp increase in prices of basic commodities as a result of the ongoing conflict. Many economists and political economists are afraid that hunger crisis may visit Southern Cameroons because the basket of food supplies in Southern Cameroons rest in rural Ambazonia, a stronghold of the current fight. Apart of the strategies employed by this author, it is Mark Bareta’s strong views that all self defense groups MUST make it possible within their territory to ensure that our people still have the opportunity to farm, roads must be opened for them, protection must be giving to them. Those already in the bushes, who are already building communities there must be encouraged to farm. Southern Cameroons leadership must start putting into their strategies, how to overcome this hunger crisis, which most say may visit Southern Cameroons. It is a conversation we must start having. We must be watchful of the consequences such a hunger crisis will have on our revolution, we know what it did to other revolutions. The time is now. You may read below the coping strategies recommended by this unknown author
THE NORTH WEST AND SOUTH WEST REGIONS ON THE VERGE OF ACUTE HUNGER CRISIS
You may not be excited to read this post because it is not a breaking news, but, whether you read it or not you will eventually be confronted by the problem, now or in the future.
It is no news that as the sociopolitical crisis in the two Anglophone Regions continue to worsen, the major cities in these regions are witnessing unprecedented influx of people from the rural areas. The rising insecurity in these areas has forced many to flee to seek refuge in the cities.
It should be underscored that the rural households in these regions depend solely on farming for livelihood sustenance, feeding not only themselves but the cities. The crisis has forced a significant farming population to abandon their farms and flee. Many of them have seen their only source of livelihood sustenance like homes, livestock and crops completely destroyed. Yet, many farmers did not cultivate their farms during the 2018 farming season. A few who had the courage to do so ended up abandoning the food in the farm unharvested. This situation isbcompounded by the ever increasing number of people in the major cities and pretends a dangerous omen of food security. One therefore sees a precarious hunger crisis hovering around these two Regions and even extending to the rest if the country considering that significant food supplies to the Centre and Littoral comes from the North West and South Regions.
The inevitable hunger crisis will certainly increase stresses on the already very fragile household economy in these regions. The need therefore for every household in these cities to begin to think deeply on mitigating and coping strategies cannot be overemphasized.
Recommended Coping Strategies
1. Consider educating the members of your household on the eventual consequences of the ongoing crisis on the availability and affordability of food so that when hunger eventually comes knocking, they would have been psychologically prepared.
2. Consider reducing your current household food intake and start making provision for rainy days. Also educate them to minimize waste of food.
3. Consider maximizing any little farming potential around your house if you are in the cities of Bamenda and Buea to cultivate food crops no matter how small it is. You can also consider to start growing a few vegetables in pots or bags around your house.
4. During hunger and stress crisis, survival for a household may depend on their getting what they can, when it comes and where ever it is available irrespective of consequences. Debts can easily accumulate to a situation of insoluble financial crisis leading to mortgage of basic livelihood sustenance assets like your home and eventually selling them permanently. Watch out therefore how, when and where you borrow and to do so only when it is absolutely necessary.
5. Carefully analyse every business opportunity before venturing into it as most investments are not secured and any unwise investment decision now will only add to your liabilities and stress.
6. Consider creating a household buffer food stock especially for non perishable food stuff as food shortages will continue to cause price hikes.
7. Above all else, trust in the Lord God Almighty who is our great provider and sustainer as your only reliable source of provision in times of crisis.
The saying that a stitch in time saves nines is simple but far-reaching. So do not wait to swap horses in midstream.