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RCA: World Food Program sounds the alarm - RFI

2019-08-07T00:00:43.454Z

August is the most difficult time of the year. According to WFP, more than 40% of the population is currently insecure


By RFIPalled on 07-08-2019Modified on 07-08-2019 at 01:43

August is the most difficult time of the year. According to WFP, more than 40% of the population is currently food insecure in the Central African Republic.

1.8 million people are severely food insecure and 465,000 are in emergency situations in the most affected areas, denounces WFP in a statement. A situation related to the lean season (period before the first harvests and where the grain of the previous harvest may be missing) but not only.

The conflict has strong impacts on the food situation, says the organization. Armed groups continue their "incursions" on major supply routes and around major cities. More than 600,000 people are displaced in the country disrupting their livelihoods, says WFP. Displacement is limited, hunting and access to crops made difficult by insecurity. As a result, the price of food is rising. In Bangui, the price of the cassava bowl has doubled .

Currently, WFP provides food assistance to 600,000 people each month. The organization hopes to bring this support to 800,000 people by the end of the year, but for that it needs an additional $ 35.5 million.

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