In common with most other African states, the Cameroonian agricultural sector has been badly affected by the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
The closure of international borders across the West and Central Africa region has prevented the country from ex- porting food to neighbouring states. This has hit producers hard but greatly reduced food prices within Cameroon, providing some benefit for consumers at a time when many have lost their incomes because of lockdown restrictions.
The price of many basic foodstuffs fell by 50-70% in the second quarter of this year. Distribution firms that previously exported food to wholesalers in neighbour- ing countries, plus restaurants and hotels in Cameroon, switched their business mod- els to selling food directly to local people within Cameroon.