Areas of concentration of herders in the Central African Republic

Jun 2015

In the Central African Republic, joint field surveys on the situation of transhumance and a socioanthropological study of pastoral populations following the 2013‒2014 crisis in the country have been carried out by the Catholic Relief Service, the Danish Refugee Council and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (17 November 2014 ‒ 23 January 2015). The results show heterogeneity among farmers living in the Central African Republic and those crossing the country.

Initially scattered throughout the country, three-quarters of farmers currently in Central Africa are concentrated in the eastern part of the Central African Republic under the control of the ex-Séléka armed group. Farmers who once lived in the western and central parts of the country have fled towards the eastern and northeastern parts of the country as well as to neighboring countries. Given the persistent insecurity and threats from armed groups for transboundary transhumance, resuming transhumance movement is linked to the restoration of security in the Central African Republic.

Author: FAO/CAR