WFP Distributes Food To Farmers In Central African Republic
Aristide Sokambi, CAR’s minister of territorial administration, distributes food to vulnerable farmers in Boro village, in the Bouar region. These rations allow farmers to keep their seeds for planting, thus strengthening the weakened agricultural sector.
Monique Soso, a 40-year-old farmer, received food assistance in Boro village. She said the seed protection rations would make her strong enough to work on her one-hectare field where she grows niebe (beans).
WFP, in partnership with Mercy Corps and the government food security programme, PREVES, is distributing seed protection rations to 20,000 people in four areas, including Bouar, for three months.
WFP distributed maize, meal, small peas, vegetable oil and sugar to the farmers in Bouar, which is 450 km west of Bangui. The food will allow these farmers to keep their seeds in order to plant them during the next growing season.
Up to 500,000 people are estimated to need immediate food assistance across CAR and this figure is likely to increase as the planting season has been disrupted by conflict and displacement.
The World Food Programme (WFP) provides vital food assistance to more than 200,000 people in the Central African Republic (CAR) where months of conflict have driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and farms. In a bid to reach more of these vulnerable people, WFP has reopened its office in the western Bouar region, and is distributing food to vulnerable farmers to ensure their precious supplies of seeds are protected and to boost agricultural production.