Cameroon graft could trigger food crisis: govt

August 19th, 2009


YAOUNDE – Cameroon faces a food crisis this year as corruption in the impoverished nation’s Agriculture Ministry worsens a shortfall in maize supply, according to the findings of a government investigation.

Some 2 billion CFA francs of state subsidies aimed at raising production of maize, a staple food for Cameroonians, was embezzled by ministry officials through fictitious farmers groups, the government anti-corruption commission said in a report leaked to the media.

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