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Central African Republic


of people live in poverty


of the population is displaced


people are severely hungry

The Situation

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country with a population of 4.9 million people. Though the government is working on a long recovery process since the major security crisis in 2013, CAR continues to face a large-scale humanitarian crisis. A resurgence of the country’s longstanding conflicts was seen after recent elections that led to further displacement and increased humanitarian needs.

According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview for 2022 (OCHA), humanitarian needs in CAR are at their highest level since 2015. The resurgence of armed violence and the downturn in the Central African economy have left 3.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 2.2 million have severe needs that require an emergency response.

WFP's Work

WFP has been present in C.A.R. since 1969. WFP operations are focused on lifesaving interventions to improve food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable, crisis-affected people while also supporting recovery programs in relatively secure areas.

  • Food and Cash: WFP helps communities meet their basic needs through food and cash assistance. As areas become more stable, refugees and others affected by the crisis will be helped to return home and focus will shift towards helping them recover their livelihoods.
  • Nutrition: To help build long-term resilience, WFP is working to improve the nutrition of groups including children, people with disabilities and HIV patients. WFP is also implementing a pilot program to improve treatment coverage and quality for severely hungry children under 5 and pregnant and nursing women. As part of its revised response operation, 36,000 children under the age of 5 will receive fortified food each day. This program also supports vaccination, better water and sanitation, health training and women’s empowerment.
  • Support for Small-Scale Farmers: WFP is helping to small-scale farmers in restoring and improving their food security. Farmers receive cash transfers to grow crops, as well as technical assistance and market opportunities to improve their incomes. School meals and general food distributions programs purchase from farmers.