Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Central African Republic

April 16, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of CAR
CIA World Factbook
  • Threats to food security include armed conflict, political instability, population displacement, poverty, banditry and difficult access to food and safe water. With resulting reduced agricultural production, almost 30 percent of the population is food insecure.

  • A new wave of violence has exacerbated the ongoing conflict and led to massive displacement and increased food insecurity. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that almost 629,000 Central Africans are internally displaced.  Additionally, approximately 328,700 refugees have fled to neighboring countries.  

  • Due to increased food insecurity and internal displacement, WFP is scaling up its food assistance. It is currently reaching more than 227,000 people, with the goal of reaching 1.25 million by August 2014.

 

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is supporting the UN World Food Program (WFP) to reach food-insecure people affected by conflict and displacement, including refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities, as well as returnees to Chad.

  • FFP partners with WFP and UNICEF to improve food consumption, reduce undernutrition among children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women, and increase access to basic services for more than 1.25 million internally displaced persons and moderately to severely food insecure people.  

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $28.5 million 15,561 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $8.8 million 4,220 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $10.0 million 4,990 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $6.8 million 3,980 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $6.0 million 3,830 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown To Date:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $12.5 million 5,865 MT
Emergency Food Security Situation (EFSP) $16.0 million* 9,876 MT

*Includes $1 million for Central African Republic refugees in southeastern Chad.

Note: Food Security Situation information provided by the UN as of March 2014

Last updated: April 16, 2014

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