Key data for Cameroon

NCI29th HRCI32nd HANCI29th
HANCI compares 45 developing countries for their performance on 22 indicators of political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition. All the countries compared in the index have high rates of hunger and undernutrition. The comparative approach of the index means that country scores are calculated in relation to the political commitment of the other countries in the index.
Existing rates of: Stunting: 32.60% Wasting: 5.8% Proportion of population underweight: 15.10% Source: Gov. of Cameroon (DHS and MICS, 2011)

Strong Performance

  • The Government encourages varied agricultural research and extension services, and local farmer organisations are involved in setting policy priorities. The extension system is effective and properly reaches out to poor farmers. Government policies, strategies and mechanisms seek to ensure gender equity in access to extension services.
  • Cameroon has devised a National Nutrition Policy/Strategy.
  • Policymakers in Cameroon benefit from regular nutrition surveys that are statistically representative at national level. The last survey was published in 2011.
  • The Government has fully enshrined the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes into domestic law.
  • The Government of Cameroon promotes complementary feeding practices and has achieved two high doses of vitamin A supplementation for 99% of children in 2013.

Areas for improvement

  • Spending on agriculture (6.77% of public spending in 2013), does not meet government commitments set out in the African Union’s Maputo Declaration (10% of public spending).
  • Cameroon’s spending in its health sector (8.5% of public spending in 2012) does not fully meet (15%) commitments set out in the Abuja Declaration.
  • In Cameroon, the law does not give women economic rights equal to men. Men and women have equal legal access to agricultural land, but this is not effectively enforced and discriminatory practices against women continue, increasing their vulnerability to hunger and undernutrition.
  • Relative to other HANCI countries, Cameroon's medium/long term national development policy (Growth and Employment Strategy Paper) places weak importance to nutrition.
  • Even though Cameroon has developed a National Nutrition Policy/Strategy, clear time-bound nutrition targets and a multisectoral and multistakeholder policy coordination mechanism are still lacking.
  • Weak access to improved sanitation facilities (45.2% in 2012) obstructs better hunger and nutrition outcomes.
  • In Cameroon, constitutional protection of the right to food and the right to social security is weak.
  • Civil registration rates are weak (61.4% in 2011) and potentially hold back children’s access to critical public services such as health and education.

Hunger Reduction Commitment Index (HRCI)

Public Spending Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Public spending on agriculture as share of total public spending
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6.77%201314th
Public spending on health as share of total public spending
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8.5%201232nd
Policies Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Access to land (security of tenure)
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Moderate201325th
Access to agricultural research and extension services
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Strong201312th
Civil registration system — coverage of live births
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61.4%201125th
Functioning of social protection systems
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Weak201412th
Laws Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Level of constitutional protection of the right to food
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Weak201120th
Equality of women’s access to agricultural land
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In Law, not in Practice20144th
Equality of women’s economic rights
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No201130th
Constitutional right to social security
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No200631st

Nutrition Commitment Index (NCI)

Public Spending Score Year NCI rank of 45
Separate budget for nutrition
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Sectoral only201420th
Policies Score Year NCI rank of 45
Vitamin A supplementation coverage for children
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99.0%20131st
Government promotes complementary feeding
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Yes20121st
Population with access to an improved water source
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74.1%201224th
Population with access to improved sanitation
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45.2%201219th
Health care visits for pregnant women
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84.7%201127th
Nutrition features in national development policy
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Weak201336th
National Nutrition Policy/Strategy
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Yes20141st
Multisector and multistakeholder policy coordination
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No201439th
Time bound nutrition targets
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No201237th
National nutrition survey in last 3 years
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Yes20141st
Laws Score Year NCI rank of 45
Enshrine ICBMS in domestic law
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Fully enshrined20141st