Central African Republic

Central African Republic

Read more about FAO in emergencies and the crisis in Central African RepublicMore than 75 percent of the Central African Republic’s working population relies on agriculture, but years of conflict and instability have stifled economic growth, as well as reduced crop and livestock production. The security situation is not improving as violence continues to displace people. Others have returned to their villages, only to find their homes and farms in ruins. FAO is working to revitalize the country’s agriculture sector – from helping farmers supply markets with fresh and nutritious food to equipping young women and men with new skills in agriculture.

Boosting production and incomes

Insecurity and challenging living conditions have caused many people in the Central African Republic to leave their villages. The difficulties of earning an income in urban areas – not to mention pressure on already limited resources – make for an even more precarious situation. Many people living on the outskirts of cities, particularly women, grow vegetables or raise small livestock; however, the lack of training, organization and financing keep these activities from being profitable. FAO is working to increase vulnerable households’ access to quality seeds, tools and training and to assist them to organize into value chain groups – a move designed to expand their marketing opportunities.

Providing new skills in agriculture

Helping people affected by conflict find gainful employment is vital for any country’s recovery. FAO is doing precisely that in the Central African Republic by providing young women and men living in post-conflict zones with agricultural skills. Through various apprenticing centres, farmers are learning best practices for growing vegetables suitable to local conditions as well as raising small livestock such as pigs or goats. These skills not only boost their income potential but also ensure a supply of good quality produce in the markets.

Pinpointing food and nutrition insecurity

Malnutrition rates in the Central African Republic are high. In some areas, the global acute malnutrition rate exceeds the emergency threshold of 10 percent set by the World Health Organization. Having a clear picture of food insecurity throughout the country – being able to answer such questions as where, how severe, who and how many people affected – is crucial. FAO has been working with partners to improve food security analysis and decision-making in the country through the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification. Such analysis contributes to timely, more effective and strategic responses to the country’s food security needs.

 

 

More about the country

 - IPC map of acute food insecurity situation overview in the Central African Republic from 01/04 to 30/04/2015. Click on the Counties for more details. Compare with the ...read more
21/07/2015
 - To provide assistance to restore food and nutrition security and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable groups.
14/07/2015
 - To contribute to restore the livelihoods of identified vulnerable rural farming communities, as well as groups severely affected by continued political and security crises in selected ...read more
10/07/2015
 - On Saturday, 27 June 2015, FAO organized a festival on youth and agriculture in the Central African Republic at the Alliance française in Bangui. The overall ...read more
09/07/2015
 - In 2015, FAO seeks USD 759 million to assist over 30 million crisis-affected people in 35 countries. FAO in the 2015 Humanitarian Appeals - Mid-year update   ...read more
22/06/2015
 - In the Central African Republic, joint field surveys on the situation of transhumance and a socioanthropological study of pastoral populations following the 2013‒2014 crisis in the ...read more
19/06/2015
 - In the Central African Republic, joint field surveys on the situation of transhumance and a socioanthropological study of pastoral populations following the 2013‒2014 crisis in the ...read more
10/06/2015
 - FAO’S Response A major food crisis has been contained in 2014 thanks to timely donor support that has allowed emergency crop production support, saving families from a ...read more
31/05/2015
 - Explorative mission on transhumance in the Central African Republic.
21/05/2015
 - The FAO team visited the various districts in Bangui to discuss and gather the experience of the heads of the Benz-vi (5th district), Pétevo (6th district) ...read more
07/05/2015