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Support to the food security and nutrition of vulnerable rural populations in the Central African Republic

Support to the food security and nutrition of vulnerable rural populations in the Central African Republic

Full title of the project:

Support to the food security and nutrition of vulnerable rural populations, particularly women

Target areas:

Prefectures of Basse-Kotto, Haute-Kotto,Ouham, Ouham-Pende

Donor:
Contribution:
USD 654 914
01/10/2013-30/11/2014
Project code:
OSRO/CAF/304/ITA
Objective:

To improve the food security and nutrition in areas severely affected by the recent conflict in the Central African Republic.

Key partners:

The decentralized technical services of the Ministry of Rural Development, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and local associations and authorities.

Beneficiaries reached:

8 000 vulnerable households, 11 primary schools and 120 women’s associations.

Activities implemented:
  • Identified, sensitized and selected beneficiary households.
  • Involved 80 percent of beneficiary households in income generating activities, focusing on crop
    production, processing and marketing.
  • Distributed crop kits to 6 000 beneficiary households for a total of 150 tonnes of quality seeds
    (groundnut, maize and rice) and 12 000 hoes.
  • Provided training on good practices regarding production and processing techniques to improve
    agricultural productivity.
  • Distributed vegetable kits to 2 000 households for a total of 100 kg of seeds (amaranth, cabbage,
    cucumber, lettuce, onion, okra, spinach tomato and/or zucchini) and 8 000 tools (hoes, shovels, rakes
    and watering cans).
  • Distributed 240 groundnut and cassava processing units to 120 selected women’s associations.
  • Identified 11 schools in Bria as well as teachers and parent’s associations.
  • Established 11 management committees and provided them with training (land selection, plant
    maintenance, etc.) and agricultural inputs (vegetable seeds and tools).
  • Established and rehabilitated agricultural plots.
  • Organized activities to carry out market gardening.
  • Developed, updated and published Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) maps.
  • Collected and analysed data related to food security.
  • Organized workshops for Cluster members and held meetings.
  • Published FAO’s information bulletin and several articles on the emergency and resilience
    programmes.
  • Organized trainings for staff members of the Ministry of Rural Development and NGOs to ensure
    ownership of IPC assessment tools.
Impact:
  • Cultivated 3 200 ha of land (3 000 ha for crop production and 200 ha for market gardening) and
    produced over 3 600 tonnes of food crops and vegetables.
  • Cultivated 2.2 ha of land and produced 7 tonnes of vegetables thanks to the support provided to the
    11 schools.
  • Contributed to restore the livelihoods of beneficiaries and improve their food security and nutrition.
  • Reinforced the operational and technical capacities of Cluster members.
  • Enhanced Cluster coordination and access to updated information related to food security and
    nutrition.