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Still saddled with high food prices, most Cameroonians are turning to maize as the most affordable staple. But a local NGO says a combination of increasing demand and high production costs – allegedly complicated by embezzlement – could trigger severe food insecurity. A local NGO is calling on the government to help boost maize production, warning in a recent report: “Cameroon will see its most grave food crisis ever in 2009” unless the country increases production by 120,000 tonnes. The figure is based on Agriculture Ministry estimations of national food needs, a ministry official confirmed. The Citizens’ Association for the Defence of Collective Interests (ACDIC) said in its report: “If nothing is done to hike the production of maize, the entire country will suffer further increases in the cost of living, with a strong likelihood of more food riots.”