UN World Food Programme

Hunger Crisis In The Central African Republic [Overview]

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Conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis in which food assistance is vital. WFP is distributing emergency food rations and working to scale up operations.

The Situation

The conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis in which displaced people are living in camps that have sprung up in dozens of different locations. Even before the conflict, many people in CAR were already struggling to find their next meal. Due to the fighting, farmers have not been able to harvest their crops and many other people have lost their livelihoods. One assessment found that 2.6 million people in CAR currently need humanitarian assistance.

WFP Response

Despite ongoing violence, WFP provided food assistance to over 280,000 displaced or extremely vulnerable people in January in the capital Bangui, the towns of Bouar and Bossangoa and in several villages around Bossangoa. Distributions are continuing in February but the dangers and complications involved in bringing food into CAR by normal routes has forced WFP to begin airlifts from Cameroon. WFP needs funds quickly in order to get vital food stocks pre-positioned in many locations before the rains start in April.Donate now

Latest News

WFP began to airlift food into CAR on 12 February. The country faces a deepening hunger crisis with its roads too insecure to move in enough food for 1.25 million people affected by violence. In total, 1,800 metric tons of cereals – sufficient to feed 150,000 people for a month – are due to arrive by air on about 25 flights over the next few weeks. Read more Meanwhile, WFP is warning of a looming nutrition crisis in CAR, due to a combination of factors including bad sanitation in sites where displaced people live, rising food prices and the rainy season starting in April

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