Joint action aims to avoid food crisis in Central African RepublicListen /
An $8 million project has been launched to help avoid a food crisis in the Central African Republic.
The country is plagued by conflict between Christian and Muslim communities.
The World Bank is funding the initiative as part of a programme to support food and agriculture production in the Central African Republic.
Alexis Bonte, Acting FAO Representative in the Central African Republic says his agency's role is to re-launch the agriculture sector for the people who have been affected and displaced by the conflict.
"Basically, in total, there will be 28,000 families that will benefit from different types of activities. The immediate activities, the immediate response that we will provide in terms of basic agriculture kits, means around 25 kg of crop seeds like rice, groundnuts and maize and most of these seeds now currently have to be procured from Cameroon because of quality and availability. It's not available in CAR and they will also receive some vegetable seeds to produce not only during the planting season but also after the planting season."
The UN agriculture agency says in the longer term, the project will focus on empowering over 370 female farmer associations, representing more than 11,000 women.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations