2.5 million people are facing hunger in the Central African Region (CAR), according to an Emergency Food Assessment conducted by the UN's World Food Program (WFP) and its partners.
This figure has doubled in the last year as conflict and insecurity have led to a lack of accessibility to food.
According to the report one in six men, women and children do not know where their next meal is coming from as they struggle with sever or extreme food insecurity.
The 2014-2015 harvest was poor and food prices continue to rise as, farmers are unable to tend to their crops and livestock due to insecurity. Hundreds have had to flee their homes and abandon their lands and livelihood.
Further clashes erupted in late September as much of the food security data for the assessment was being collected. That violence fuelled more displacement as people were slowly returning home. Nearly 1 million people are still displaced inside the C.A.R. or seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.
“Three years of crisis have taken a huge toll on the people of the C.A.R. Families have been forced so often to sell what they own, pull their kids out of school, even resort to begging, that they have reached the end of their rope. This is not the usual run-of-the-mill emergency. People are left with nothing,” said Guy Adoua, WFP Deputy Country Director in the C.A.R.
The WFP is providing crucial emergency food and nutritional support to the most vulnerable and displaced people in the community and in December 2015, WFP provided food for nearly 400,000 people through general food distributions, cash-based transfers, nutrition support and school meals, and food-for-assets activities.
“We must help the most vulnerable, who need emergency food assistance to survive, yet we also need to focus on people across the C.A.R. so they can recover and rebuild,” said Adoua.
The report recommends continued emergency food assistance to displaced families and returnees, food and technical assistance to farmers to recover, creating safety nets through programmes and providing support to rehabilitate the infrastructure through food-for-assets activities