Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Central African Republic

September 17, 2014

Food Security Situation

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  • 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 38 percent of the population is food insecure.

  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that more than 490,568 Central Africans are internally displaced.  Additionally, approximately 417,294 refugees have fled to neighboring countries, according to UNHCR.  

  • Due to increased food insecurity and internal displacement, WFP is scaling up its food assistance. It has provided food assistance to more than one million food insecure Central Africans thus far in 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.  

  • FFP’s latest contributions include one of the office’s first Title II awards of $3 million in 202e funds for local and regional purchase of commodities, as well as a September 12, 2014 contribution of $1 million of locally and regionally purchased food for general food distributions and supplementary feeding of 20,000 CAR refugees in the Republic of Congo.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $42 million 25,836 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 $20 million 10,785 MT*
Emergency Food Security Situation (EFSP) $22 million** 15,051 MT

*Includes 2,530 MT of locally and regionally purchased commodities using Title II 202e funds.
**Includes $1 million in vouchers for returnees in southeastern Chad, $5 million in locally and regionally purchased commodities for Central African refugees in Cameroon, and $1 million in locally and regionally purchased commodities for CAR refugees in Republic of Congo.

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

Last updated: September 17, 2014

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