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Half of the population in the Central African Republic in the grip of dire food insecurity emergency UN warns


Nearly half of the population - 47 percent - suffers from high and surging acute food insecurity in the Central African Republic as the country reels from the impacts of ongoing conflict and COVID-19, and braces for another harsh May-August lean season, warn the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

This means over 2.2 million people - most of them living in rural areas - face severe levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above) between April and August and need urgent support to avert the loss of lives and livelihoods, finds Integrated Food Security Phase Classificationthe (IPC) analysis released today.

One third of the population (over 1.6 million people) are in a Crisis situation (IPC Phase 3) - meaning, they may skip meals entirely or sell what little they own to buy food; and, more than one tenth (over 630 000 people) are in an Emergency situation (IPC Phase 4) - meaning, they may sell their last animal or last source of livelihood, pull their children out of school, or resort to begging.