Central African Republic - Situation report May 2018

Central African Republic - Situation report May 2018
May 2018

Key points

  • The latest IPC analysis (March 2018) indicated that 1.6 million people are severely food insecure, and if no assistance is provided 2 million ‒ 43 percent of the population ‒ will be severely food insecure during the lean season (April‒August 2018), of which nearly 690 000 in IPC Phase 4 (emergency).
  • Insecurity in the Central African Republic is still the main cause affecting households’ access to food and livelihoods, significantly disrupting agricultural and livestock activities.
  • Five consecutive years of reduced harvests, compounded by market disruptions and declining purchasing power, led to the depletion of food stocks, reduced production, the adoption of negative coping mechanisms and increased dependency on food aid.
  • The number of displaced people has doubled in just over a year bringing the current caseload to nearly 700 000 IDPs, which is putting pressure on host communities’ already limited resources.
  • The implementation of agricultural activities and rehabilitation of value chains are key activities that contribute to reducing food insecurity, generating socio-economic development, building resilience and stabilizing peace.
  • FAO urgently requires USD 11 million by June 2018 to support 66 000 households through direct distributions and seed fairs for the second cycle of the agricultural campaign. It is critical to support the Government in its effort to restore the agriculture sector to allow farming families to improve their capacity to produce, secure access to food and generate sufficient income to strengthen their livelihoods.