Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Central African Republic

January 21, 2016

Food Security Situation

Map of CAR
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  • The late arrival of rains, insufficient access to seeds, and a significant decrease in land under cultivation are likely to result in below-average harvests and depleted national food stocks. Crisis levels of food insecurity are expected to persist in many parts of Central African Republic (CAR) through at least March 2016.

  • A recent emergency food security assessment by the UN World Food Program estimates approximately 2.5 million people, half the population, are in need of food assistance inside CAR. 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.    

  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that as of December 2015 more than 470,000 Central Africans are internally displaced, and that approximately 459,000 have fled to neighboring countries as refugees.  

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 (in Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon), IDPs, returnees and host communities. 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 school feeding, and food for asset activities. FFP also supports WFP distribution of food vouchers where appropriate.

  • FFP also partners with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) for children with severe acute malnutrition.  

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $30.0 million 16,920 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $46.6 million 21,394 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $39.5 million 17,256 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $8.8 million 4,220 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $10.0 million 4,990 MT

Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown To Date:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $30.0 million 16,920 MT
Emergency Food Security Situation (EFSP) ---- ----

Note: Food Security Situation information provided by the UN and FEWS NET as of January 2016.

Last updated: January 21, 2016

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