Seed4change campaign in the Central African Republic

Jun 2016

FAO and WFP have begun providing seeds, hand tools and food to nearly 50,000 hungry farming families for this planting season in the most food-insecure areas of the Central African Republic. It coincides with the height of the lean season when household food stocks are typically lowest.

Under the ‘seeds protection’ initiative, FAO provides crop and vegetable seeds, while WFP provides groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, and beans to the same families.

The distribution of seeds and food is made possible by funds from the governments of (in alphabetical order) Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the African Development Bank, the European Union and ECHO, the Fonds Bêkou, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, the Common Humanitarian Fund for the Central African Republic, UN Women, and the World Bank.

However, the two UN agencies warn that with only half of both agencies’ funding needs secured, people in C.A.R. face receiving only half of the support they need.

Author: ©FAO-WFP/Ricci Shryock