Farming in Central African Republic hit by insecurity

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Widespread looting and insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR) have taken a heavy toll on crops, livestock and fishing, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

A new report by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) has found a significant decline in agricultural production due to conflict in the country.

CAR has been mired in violence between Christian and Muslim militias since December 2012, causing the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

Compared to pre-crisis levels, FAO says livestock numbers are estimated to be down by as much as 77 per cent.

Alessandro Costantino, from FAO in Rome, was recently in the country's capital, Bangui.

“Farmers suffered from lootings, from damage to crops and the stocks and maybe an even worse negative factor was the insecurity because farmers were afraid to go to their fields.”

FAO is calling for additional support to boost food production and the agricultural sector.

Meanwhile, households have reportedly switched to other activities to get by, such as selling wood and charcoal.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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