Paul Jeffrey

Grain Banks Support Refugees in Central Africa

Group of children sitting in front of a tree

Since 2005, RELUFA has been working to provide community-led, sustainable methods of food security in the central African country of Cameroon. Their work in developing 42 community grain banks throughout the northern region of the country has helped to support an average of 25,000 people through leaner growing seasons and difficult times.

In recent years, unrest has led to an influx of refugees from Nigeria, putting strain on local grain banks trying to help these displaced families. In early 2016, RELUFA received support from the Presbyterian Hunger Program to build a new grain bank and two storage facilities, provide grain stock, and help organize grain banks into clusters, working together to address hunger concerns.

Photo by Valerie Nodém

Man standing in grain bank surrounded by stacked bags of grain