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República Centroafricana

República Centroafricana

Read more about FAO in emergencies and the crisis in Central African RepublicMore than 80 percent of the Central African Republic’s working population relies on agriculture, but years of conflict and instability have stifled economic growth and reduced crop and livestock production. Despite some progress towards peace, the security situation remains uncertain 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 seed, tools and training and to assist them 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.

 

 

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 - These pictures illustrate the visit of FAO staff members to the cultivated fields in the airport area in Bangui in the Central African Republic, located along ...read more
16/04/2014
 -    The deepening crisis in the Central African Republic is devastating people’s ability to support themselves. A United Nations report says immediate support for food and livelihoods is needed to meet what it calls an: ...read more
10/04/2014
 - The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have a released a joint report which states that the Central African Republic ...read more
07/04/2014
 - La crisis sin precedentes que sufre la República Centroafricana está devastando su economía y la capacidad de la población para garantizar sus necesidades básicas, según ha alertado un informe ...read more
07/04/2014
 - Highlights 2.5 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance; and one in five Central Africans is now internally displaced. These figures are likely to rise as the conflict ...read more
03/04/2014
 - FAO senior officials met today with a high level clerical delegation working in the Central African Republic to talk about FAO’s work in the country and ...read more
26/03/2014
 - In March 2014 FAO carried out its first seed and tool distribution for the upcoming agriculture season in Bossangoa in the Central African Republic. Strategic partnership between ...read more
24/03/2014
 - El Banco Mundial, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) y el Gobierno de la República Centroafricana han unido sus fuerzas para ayudar ...read more
21/03/2014
 - Madame Rachel Ninga-Wong-Mallo is the head of Association des Femmes Rurales de Batangafo pour le Développement (Association of the development of rural women from Batangafo). In the ...read more
20/03/2014
 - Highlights 2.5 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance; and one in five Central Africans is now internally displaced. These figures are likely to rise as the conflict ...read more
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