Bangui, July 19, 2022 – The Central African Republic now has one of the highest proportions of critically food insecure people in the world, along with Yemen, South Sudan and Afghanistan. 2.2 million people in the country do not have enough to eat, which represents 36% of the population. Much of this population lives in conflict-affected areas, where insecurity and displacement have reduced the land available for cultivation and hampered access to markets and fields. The impact of the war in Ukraine is further aggravating the situation, with staple food prices expected to rise by up to 70% by August.
It is in this context that the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Martin Griffiths, has allocated $15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Rapid Response Window for emergency measures. vital against food insecurity in the country. CERF funds will help actors scale up overall emergency assistance for 200,000 people in 10 sub-prefectures where food insecurity is most severe. A multi-sectoral approach combining food assistance, nutrition, health care, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and protection will maximize the impact of food security interventions and reduce the use by populations of negative coping mechanisms associated with food scarcity in a context of extreme food scarcity. deprivation.
“The allowance is much needed relief for thousands of people who struggle to eat one meal a day,” said Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Ms Denise Brown. “Our priority is to save lives. This emergency response will help people feed themselves, resume farming, if possible, and treat malnutrition. It will also ensure that people have access to health care and clean water, two essential conditions for adequate food intake,” she added.
Six UN organizations will expand food distributions and cash transfers and improve livelihoods through the distribution of agricultural tools and seeds. In addition to these interventions, nutritional support will be intensified to treat and prevent child malnutrition and provide families with severely malnourished children with access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices essential to survival.
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