Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Central African Republic

November 3, 2015

Food Security Situation

Map of CAR
CIA World Factbook
  • Threats to food security in Central African Republic (CAR) include resurgence of armed conflict, population displacement, attacks on food transporters, disrupted markets, poverty, and difficult access to food and safe water. Because of continued conflict and displacement agricultural production continues to drop. 1.3 million inside CAR are in need of emergency food assistance.

  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that as of September more than 417,000 Central Africans are internally displaced, and that approximately 473,000 have fled to neighboring countries as refugees.    

  • 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.  

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 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 to internally displaced persons and moderately to severely food insecure people.  

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
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 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 $40.0 million 20,358 MT*
Emergency Food Security Situation (EFSP) $6.6 million 1,036 MT

*Includes Title II-funded locally and regionally purchased food.
Note: Food Security Situation information provided by the UN and FEWS NET as of October 2015.

Last updated: November 03, 2015

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