Central African Republic: Farming and families hit by insecurity
29 October 2014, Rome --- Widespread looting and insecurity in the Central African Republic have taken a heavy toll on crops, livestock and fishing. Political tensions and civil unrest has created an environment that is eroding the capacity of people across the country to secure sufficient food. This is according to a new joint assessment by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The assessment found significant declines in agricultural production in the wake of the crisis, which caused massive displacements and drove hundreds of thousands of people fleeing across its borders.
Alessandro Costantino is a Country Monitor working with the Trade and Markets division with FAO in Rome. In the following interview he elaborates on the report and his mission to Central African Republic. (Interview conducted by Sandra Ferrari)
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari