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The REseau de LUtte contre la FAim (RELUFA) is a non-partisan national network of Cameroonian ecumenical and secular non-profit organizations and mainstream churches. The member organizations come from all regions in Cameroon and have joined forces to develop common strategies against systemic problems of hunger, poverty, and socio-, economic- and environmental injustice. Since 2001 RELUFA enjoys legal status under Cameroonian law.


Last updated: September 2, 2016


Food Sovereignty
Vulnerable communities in the semi-Saharan Far North Province are thriving through their participation in the network's Food Sovereignty program. Having been organized to run their own communal grain banks, farmers in 42 villages now ward off speculators at harvest time. Instead of selling their yields to merchants who hoard the produce to maximize profits later in the year, the crops are stored in the village granary. When families run out of their own reserves, they can take grains on in-kind credit and pay back this loan from the next sorghum harvest later in the year. Read more...


RELUFA's micro-finance initiative Credit Against Poverty, CAP, works to meet the more tangible needs of target groups affiliated with RELUFA's member organizations and other strategic partners. CAP offers a variety of loan products. CAP Holidays, for example, is geared towards University and High School students, enabling them to undertake small business ventures during the long and often idle summer break. RELUFA celebrated the 2008 International Women's Day by launching CAP for Women aimed at the self-development of society's underprivileged gender. Upon the request from subsistence farmers in the Far North, CAP Education helps pay their children's tuition at the beginning of the new school year.  Read more...


Equity and Transparency in the Extractive Industries

RELUFA identified the so-called 'resource curse' as the most poignant manifestation of global forces impinging upon the Central African territory. The region's abundant wealth in natural resources does not trickle down to the majority of its people living off less than $2 a day. Rather than improving living standards, oil-, gas- and mining industries often cost poor communities their livelihood, their drinking water and their natural environment. The vast revenues generated in this lucrative sector tend to prop up corrupt leaders and support war fare, at the expense of democratic processes.  Read more...


Land and Trade Justice

While raising awareness about the struggles of Cameroonian fruit farmers against the world's largest fresh fruit producer, RELUFA is organizing to offer consumers an alternative: grown and processed according to Fair Trade standards by producers affiliated with the network, dried pineapple, mango, papaya and banana is now being marketed in the US through Partners for Just Trade.  Read more...


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August 2016 - In other to implement the Kimberley Process and to enable Cameroon to maximize the benefits from the exploitation and export of its diamonds, RELUFA has just published a policy brief titled « The Kimberley Process: Responding to challenges and Policy gaps in Cameroon ». This policy brief highlights that the current diamond export tax rate in Cameroon is higher than other diamond export taxes in the region, which may encourage diamond smuggling outside of Cameroon’s borders and therefore jeopardize both the ability to collect revenue and also risk Cameroon being seen as non-compliant with KPCS standards.

English version policy brief

December 2015 - Civil Society Coalition on the Kimberley Process boycotts the KP chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates for 2016

Read the Civil Society Declaration


November 2015 - Alert : An Environmental Defender sentenced to three years in prison in Cameroon

Nasako Besingi, director of the NGO "Struggle to Economize Future Environment" (SEFE) was condemned Tuesday, November 3, 2015, by the court in Mundemba in the southwest of Cameroon, to 3 years in prison, accompanied by 'FCFA 1 million fine and to pay 10 million CFA francs representing the damages and also some other costs amounting to 200 000 FCFA. The activist was subjected since 2012, to a series judicial harassment and complaints for "defamation" brought by SGSOC, the local subsidiary of Herakles Farms.

As a Partner, RELUFA expresses solidarity through this declaration.

Read RELUFA's Declaration

May 2015 - General Updates

As part of the implementation of a project for the Mobilization of civil society for advocacy to improve the legal and institutional framework for access to information in the process of granting land concessions, RELUFA shared the results of a study it commissioned at a press conference on April 29, 2015 at the Muna Foundation in Yaounde.

Financially supported by the Civil Society Strengthening Programme, This study assesses the legal and institutional framework on access to information in the allocation and management of land concessions in Cameroon. It also examines the different practical methods used by local communities and Civil Society Organizations to access existing information on land transactions.

Download the study

February 2015 - General Updates

Newsletter of Food and Trade Justice Program

  • Editorial: A silent humanitarian disaster in the making in the Extreme North Region of Cameroon - Read more
  • RELUFA celebrate World Food Day - Read more
  • Should Cameroon worry about Transatlantic Treaties? - Read more
  • The need for government to take into account controversies on Genetically Modified Organisms - Read more

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December 2014 - General Updates

From 8 to 9 December 2014, RELUFA organized a workshop to validate a study on access to information and management of land concessions in Cameroon. This activity was conducted as part of a project entitled "Mobilizing Civil Society for advocacy to improve the legal and institutional framework on access to information in the allocation and management processes of agro-industrial land concessions ", implemented since August 1st, 2014 and funded by the Program For Support to Civil Society (PASC) ...

More information on the project.


October 2014 - General Updates

New publication on the Right to Food

At the time the entire World is celebrating the International World Food Day this October 16, three million Cameroonians (15% of the population) are still malnourished according to official figures. The objective of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate hunger by 2015 may not be achieved since Cameroon is struggling to convert its endowments in to solid growth and reduce poverty. RELUFA is sounding the alarm bell through a document made public on October 16, 2014 and entitled "Emergence without hunger in Cameroon in 2035? Advocacy for the full realization of the right to food for all in Cameroon.”
This report provides a general assessment of the level of realization of the right to food in Cameroon and makes some recommendations.

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New publication on Extractives Industries

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) can be a tool for improved governance of the extractive sector in EITI implementing countries that fully follow the new EITI standard. Sub national revenue transfers and social expenditures can contribute to local development. RELUFA in its mission of promoting benefits for local communities from extractive projects has published a study on:
“EITI and Mining Governance in Cameroon: Between Rhetoric and Reality
Sub national payments and transfers from quarry in the locality of Figuil.”

The study examines the framework for social expenditures of extractive companies and the level of application of the Cameroon mining code that provides for the allocation of a share of the extraction tax to local communities and councils affected by mining projects. The town of Figuil in the North Cameroon, host to two oldest industrial quarry projects for Cement and marble production is the basis for this case study.

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July 2014 - General Updates

Newsletter of the Extractive Industries Program

  • Editorial: Football and Extractive Resources on the Quest for Transparency
  • New EITI Standards: Stakes, Challenges and Opportunities
  • Community Development Agreement: Solution to Friction between Local Communities and Mining Companies in Cameroon
  • Central African Crisis: Potential Threat on the Credibility of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in Cameroon.

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