Conflict in Central African Republic creates food insecurity for 1.6 million people

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The ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic has created food insecurity for 1.6 million people according to United Nations food and agriculture agencies.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have warned that the country needs a long-term expensive humanitarian operation.

A report by the two agencies finds that the current conflict between Christian and Muslim communities is having a devastating impact on the economy in particular in the Central African Republic.

Dominique Burgeon, the Director of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, says the people who have fled their villages have lost all their livestock and many were unable to work on their land in 2013.

"When they were able to crop their land and were about to harvest something, in most cases it was looted, so that they end up with a very dire food security situation. I think it's important to bear in mind that we have 1.6 million people who are in severe food insecurity situation and therefore all possible actions need to be put in place to assist these people." (23")

FAO says it will provide agricultural inputs such as seeds and tools to about 75,000 households in time for the planting period starting this month in the Central African Republic.

The agency also aims to help over 400 farmer groups and women's associations recover their livelihoods and build resilience.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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