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Central African Republic - Executive brief 17 December 2013

Central African Republic - Executive brief 17 December 2013
Dec 2013

Highlights

  • Nearly the entire population of the Central African Republic – 4.6 million people – has been affected by the deteriorating
    humanitarian situation. An estimated 2 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, 1.3 million people are in need of food aid and 500 000 have been internally displaced.
  • Agriculture accounts for almost 55 percent of national GDP and provides the main source of livelihoods and income for millions of people. Agricultural activities have been severely affected by the widespread conflict.
  • Missed planting opportunities can be prevented through timely provision of seeds and fertilizers for the main 2014 maize planting season, starting in early March in the central and southern regions of the country, and the sorghum and millet planting season, starting in May in the northern region.
  • A Strategic Response Plan has been prepared to provide integrated life-saving assistance to those affected, as well as activities building the resilience of affected populations to further shocks, through the cluster approach, including the Food Security Cluster led by FAO and WFP. As part of the Strategic Response Plan, a 100-day response plan has been developed to boost the humanitarian response to the most urgent needs.
  • Through women’s farming groups, FAO will seek to engage women as leaders in promoting peacebuilding and dialogue within their communities, and support them in working together to improve food security and economic wellbeing of their families.
  • A humanitarian system-wide Level 3 Emergency Response has been declared.
  • FAO has declared a Level 3 Emergency Response, ensuring that staff is dedicated full-time to the crisis at country level and headquarters.