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Central African Republic - Executive brief 9 June 2014

Central African Republic - Executive brief 9 June 2014
Jun 2014

Highlights

  • The events in the Central African Republic (CAR) over the last 18 months have left more than 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and have displaced one out of five people.
  • Localised security incidents continue to be reported, including several attacks on trucks transporting humanitarian aid. Recent events in Bangui and Bambari have caused a delay of 10 days for the transportation of FAO agricultural kits. However, the majority of farmers across the country are engaged in planting activities. To meet their needs, FAO is committed to provide appropriate assistance within its funding capacity.
  • Almost 53 000 families out of the identified 80 000 beneficiary households have already received FAO crop seeds and tools. FAO has established strategic partnerships with 17 NGOs (national and international) to implement the countrywide distribution plan. Each family is receiving 25 kg of crop seeds and two hoes to plant in time and produce at least 500 kg of groundnuts, maize and rice that will contribute to feed them for about four months.
  • While the main planting season finishes at the end of June, FAO has received additional funding for the short cycle agricultural season to support an additional 30 000 families.
  • The Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) carried out in late April 2014 indicates that 45 percent of the rural population (1.7 million people) is food insecure and has been classified in Crisis (26 percent) and Emergency (19 percent) Phases.
  • FAO has also secured additional support from donors to reinforce the resilience of an additional 50 000 families, who are mostly members of women’s associations, to help them build up their financial capacities, agriculture techniques and social protection to improve food and nutrition security.