FAO/WFP/Ricci Shryock

The Situation

The past three decades of socio-political challenges in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) have been characterized by instability, coup d’états and the establishment of uncontrolled armed elements contesting for control over territory as well as access to economic and natural resources.

Despite its agro-ecological and mining potential, the country remains one of the poorest in the world. Following decades of political and economic crises, the country has experienced weakened social indicators and fragile social and economic infrastructure. Moreover, the violent conflict since 2012 has affected the entire population and placed more than half of the population in dire need of humanitarian assistance. According to the UNDP 2015 Human Development Report, 84 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day, with nearly half the population facing extreme multi-dimensional poverty.

World Food Programme's Work

WFP has been present in C.A.R. since 1969. WFP assists the internally displaced, host communities and affected local populations through general food distributions, food for asset recovery activities and agricultural support through Purchase for Progress, complementing in-kind support with cash, food vouchers or e-cards. In addition, WFP provides blanket supplementary feeding for affected households with children aged 6 months to 23 months, and treatment services for moderately acute malnourished children aged 6 months to 59 months, as well as pregnant and nursing women. WFP also provides school meals to conflict-affected schoolchildren.

In 2016, WFP plans to assist 997,000 people in the C.A.R., an increase from 923,000 in 2015, when WFP provided approximately 33,000 tons of food and $1.1 million.

Articles About Central African Republic

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WFP/Mohamaed Ben Khalif

6 Hunger Catastrophes You Might Not Know About

You’ve seen the headlines about looming famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. But many more hunger crises go ignored. Here are six catastrophes — many driven by conflict…

Aliya Karim

Children at the orphanage of Madame Gilberte Wadji in Bangui, Central African Republic
WFP/Rein Skullerud

Calling All Heroes: Why the World’s Orphans Need Your Help

One in nine people around the world goes to bed hungry every night. And unfortunately, hunger tends to impact the most vulnerable people on the planet—poor communities, small-scale farmers, women…

Aliya Karim

WFP/Bruno Djoyo

Food Vouchers In C.A.R. Bring A Glimmer Of Hope

Three years of violence have left a heavy toll on the people of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). In the capital, Bangui, the markets have recovered relatively quickly, however. Here,…

Guest contributor

Logistics Cluster

Building Newer And Safer Airstrips In The Central African Republic

When the first flight landed in Sibut in January, the Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) pilots were greeted by the local community and national authorities. The airstrip had been closed to…

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A Mom’s Struggle In Conflict-Ravaged Central African Republic

Nicole Sabiko, a young mom of 23 with four children, stepped into the new year the same she began the year before, and the one before that: Being displaced. Together with…

Marie Paule Pagonendi

Fighting Malnutrition in the Central African Republic

With more than 400,000 people forcibly displaced inside the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, WFP continues to provide life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of people…

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WFP School Meals In C.A.R. Go Beyond Food

Many children in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) suffer from intestinal worms. These infections can begin early in a child's life, affecting their health and mental development. While the World Food Programme’s (WFP) school meals are crucial, children…

Sayaka Sota

C.A.R. Can’t Wait to Go Back to School

After several delays due to insecurity, many schools opened today in the conflict-torn Central African Republic (C.A.R.) As children are back in class, WFP's school meals program has restarted. WFP followed Christelle,…

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WFP/Rein Skullerud

The Hunger Crisis in CAR: What You Need To Know

Since December, violence in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) has driven nearly 1 million people from their homes. What began as a national emergency has now ballooned into a regional…

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WFP/Rein Skullerud

Refuge For Children in C.A.R.

The children at Gilberte Wadji’s orphanage in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), arrived there by all manner of misfortune. Some lost their parents to AIDS, others to…

M.J. Altman

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