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Resuming agriculture and income opportunities for communities affected by the CAR crisis

Resuming agriculture and income opportunities for communities affected by the CAR crisis

Full title of the project:

Resuming agriculture and income opportunities for communities affected by the crisis in selected areas of the Central African Republic

Target areas:

prefectures of Basse-Kotto, Haute-Kotto, Kémo, Lobaye, Mambéré-Kadéï, Mbomou, Nana-Grébizi, Nana-Mambéré, Ombella-M’Poko, Ouaka, Ouham, Ouham-Pendé and Sangha-Mbaéré

Contribution:
USD 4 694 584
01/04/2015-31/07/2016
Project code:
OSRO/CAF/504/UK
Objective:

To restore the livelihoods of identified small-scale rural farming communities, as well as groups severely affected by continued political and security crises in selected areas through resumed agricultural production.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Rural Development, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the World Food Programme.

Beneficiaries reached:

60 900 vulnerable farming households.

Activities implemented:
  • Procured and distributed 1 327 tonnes of crop seeds (groundnut, sesame and grains) and 128 400 hoes to 42 800 households.
  • Procured and distributed 0.9 tonne of vegetable seeds (amaranth, cabbage, cucumber, lettuce, okra, onion, tomato, zucchini and spinach) and 18 100 tool kits (two hoes, one shovel, one rake and one watering can) to 18 100 households.
  • Distributed 616 goats (56 male and 560 female goats) and 2 099 chickens (594 roosters and 1 495 hens).
  • Trained 20 NGO technical referents and 38 endogenous facilitators from 193 associations on the farmer field school (FFS) and village savings and loan associations (VSLA) approaches.
Impact:
  • Cultivated 17 120 ha of crops (0.4 ha per household) thanks to the distribution of subsistence kits to beneficiary households.
  • Obtained a total production of 17 140 tonnes at the end of the 2015.
  • Reinforced the capacities of beneficiary households under the caisses de résilience approach, enabling them to implement good agricultural practices, better anticipate food security shocks and identify income opportunities throughout; in addition, it allowed them to diversify production and significantly increase social cohesion, especially through FFS and VSLA activities.
  • Contributed to the introduction of more environmental-friendly fishing methods thanks to the allocation of adapted fishing equipment.
  • Strengthened the resilience of beneficiary households in areas covered through the distribution of agricultural inputs and the management of information on food security and nutrition.