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Support to agricultural recovery of the most vulnerable households and revival of the local economy in the Central African Republic

Support to agricultural recovery of the most vulnerable households and revival of the local economy in the Central African Republic

Full title of the project:

Support the agricultural recovery of the most vulnerable households and revive the local economy to enhance the resilience of rural communities in the Central African Republic

Target areas:

prefectures of Ouham, Ouham Pende, Nana Gribizi, Mambéré Kadéï, Nana Mambéré, Kémo, Ouaka, Haute-Kotto, Mbomou, Haut-Mbomou, Ombella M’Poko and Bangui

Contribution:
USD 7 821 961
6000000
01/12/2016-31/03/2019
Project code:
OSRO/CAF/605/UK
Objective:

To contribute to restore and protect the livelihoods and resilience of vulnerable, small-scale rural farming communities and groups severely affected by the political and security crises in selected areas of the Central African Republic by resuming agricultural production

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Livestock and Animal Health, Agence centrafricaine de développement agricole, Agence nationale de développement de l’élevage and 68 national and international Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Beneficiaries reached:

77 530 households (387 650 people)

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 60 100 households with 1 745 tonnes of seed (groundnut, maize, red bean, rice, sorghum, and squash) and 213 543 hoes through direct distribution for the 2017 and 2018 main cropping seasons.
  • Provided 13 430 households each with a voucher valued at XAF 25 000 (GBP 42) allowing them to purchase three hoes and an average of 35 kg of seeds at input trade fairs for the 2017 and 2018 main cropping seasons.
  • Established poultry farms benefiting 2 000 households who each received 500 chicks, 2 500 kg of feed, and veterinary supply and vaccines.
  • Provided material (wood, cement, wire mesh, etc.) to 12 groups made up of associations of parents of pupils for the construction or rehabilitation of their henhouses.
  • Trained 308 technicians from partner NGOs on good agricultural practices for the production of distributed seeds and the organization of seed fairs who in turn provided technical assistance to 70 percent of beneficiaries.
Impact:
  • Cultivated a total land area of 37 172 ha and obtained a total production of 32 235.7 tonnes which was used for consumption, sold to generate income and stored for the following planting season.
  • Allowed beneficiaries to generate income from selling a portion of their production to meet other needs and improve their diets – i.e. increased number of meals per day and quantity of food per meal, reduced quantity of food purchased at markets, etc.
  • Produced a total of 45 tonnes of meat, the majority of which was sold.
  • Enhanced the technical capacities of beneficiaries.