UN needs $68.4 million to help Central African Republic where 2.2 million people are severely food insecure – Global Issues

About 2.2 million people already severe food shortage in the Central African Republic, which means that the global food, fuel and fertilizer crisis caused by the Russian invasion of the neighboring country on February 24 will lead to staple foods and staple foods “out of reach of many people”.‘ warned Thomson Phiri, WFP representative.

“This figure may not shock you, but if you look at the population, it is almost half the population of the Central African Republic,” he told reporters in Geneva.

Reduced price

The UN agency urgently needs $68.4 million to help. “Without immediate funding, food and nutrition insecurity for millions of people will only get worse.Firi warned, adding that there were only a few weeks left before the sharp rise in commodity prices. “We expect a 30% increase in rice prices, a 67% increase in wheat flour prices and a staggering 70% increase in vegetable oil prices.”

As bad as it may be

To put the food insecurity crisis in the CAR in context, the country on par with Yemen, South Sudan and Afghanistanin terms of the proportion of people suffering from severe food insecurity.

Its concerns stem from a protracted internal armed conflict since 2012 that has resulted in thousands of deaths, massive displacement and left two out of three civilians dependent on humanitarian aid amid fighting between the largely Christian anti-Balaka militias and the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition. .

Just last month, a senior UN official in the country, Valentin Rugvabiza, said in Security Advisor that the number of horrific attacks against the civilian population has increased, and attempts to chart a peaceful future for the country have fallen into a state of “virtual lethargy”.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic was referring to the adoption by the CAR of its Joint road map of the world in October 2021, which was an attempt to implement the 2019 peace agreement known as Khartoum Agreementsigned between the government and 14 non-state armed groups.

WFP distributes food to displaced people in Batangafo in the Central African Republic.  (file)

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WFP distributes food to displaced people in Batangafo in the Central African Republic. (file)

chronic recession

Structural factors have also contributed to a “progressive deterioration” in livelihoods and food security.such as high demographic growth, widespread poverty, unemployment and degradation of natural resources.

Although the country often experiences fuel shortages between May and July, corresponding to the start of the rainy season, this year the CAR started running dry in mid-March. The impact on the UN relief agency’s efforts and the local population is likely to be significant and lead to “early famines,” the statement said.

“Deep down we also the impact that out-of-reach fuel, high transportation costs, has on our own operationsMr. Phiri said. “Now, as we struggle as much as the agency, this means our teams on the ground are putting in a last-minute effort to pre-deliver food to deficient areas. Now, pre-positioning is when we move products ahead of the lean and rainy season, which limits access to nearly half of the country.”

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