Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Central African Republic

February 24, 2015

Food Security Situation

Map of CAR
CIA World Factbook
  • Threats to food security in Central African Republic (CAR) include armed conflict, political instability, population displacement, poverty, banditry and difficult access to food and safe water. As a result of reduced agricultural production, almost 35 percent of the population is food insecure.

  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that more than 442,000 Central Africans are internally displaced, and that approximately 430,000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries.    

  • Over the past year, the UN World Food Program (WFP) scaled up its food assistance operation to respond to increased food insecurity and internal displacement. In 2014, USAID assisted WFP in providing food assistance to almost one million food insecure Central Africans.  

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with 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 provides in-kind and locally and regionally procured food assistance to WFP to assist these most vulnerable populations through general food distributions, supplementary feeding activities, emergency on-site school meals, and food for asset activities.

  • 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 2015 $15.0 million 5,150 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $32.5 million 17,256 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 2015 Contribution Breakdown To Date:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $15.0 million 5,150 MT
Emergency Food Security Situation (EFSP) ---- ----

Note: Food Security Situation information provided by the UN as of February 2015.

Last updated: February 25, 2015

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