The conflict in Central African Republic has emptied the central marketplace in Bangui and devastated the agriculture sector. With the disaster broadening, it is either directly or indirectly affecting the entire population. (Copyright: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli)

'It Doesn’t Get Much Worse': WFP Economist On C.A.R.

The ongoing conflict in Central African Republic has brought the country's economy to its knees, with dire consequences for the entire population. Food markets are close to collapse, and the annual 'hunger season' already underway, says WFP’s Chief Economist Arif Husain, just back from C.A.R.. In this article, Husain explains why it would be hard to imagine a scenario worse than C.A.R.'s current predicament.

Emergency in Central African Republic:

"We urgently need support from donors so we won’t start running out of food. We are providing food for hungry people wherever we can in CAR. But insecurity is the biggest challenge.” WFP West Africa Regional Director Denise Brown.



The Central African Republic (CAR) is a sparsely populated and landlocked country of 4.4 million inhabitants. Despite its wealth in mineral and natural resources, CAR ranks 180 out of 187 countries in the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index. Socio-political instability is the main factor hampering development, which is the consequence of rebellions, coups and inter-ethnic fighting during the last three decades. This has resulted in a deterioration of basic social and economic infrastructure, and has forced many school-age children out of school. The national net school enrolment of primary schoolchildren is 63 percent.

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)76,214
Beneficiary needs ($US)129,768,530