United States Gives $50 million in emergency food aid to Central Africans

U.S. Embassy, Central African Republic
Press Release
October 16, 2019

BANGUI – In order to provide life-saving humanitarian support to food insecure persons in the Central African Republic, the United States government gave $50 million (CFA 29.885.500.000) in emergency food aid to CAR in fiscal year 2019. This contribution came from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees affected by conflict and insecurity in CAR, and food insecure communities are just some of the recipients of this aid. Through FFP contributions, the UN World Food Program also provides school meals for children from crisis-affected families. In FY 2019, FFP expanded its implementing partners to include four non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which distribute food vouchers, cash transfers for food, and locally-procured food, and conduct food-for-assets activities for IDPs and communities in food-insecure regions of CAR.  FFP also enables UNICEF to provide ready-to-use therapeutic food to treat malnourished children, as well as facilitate nutrition assessments and trainings for caregivers and health workers in CAR.

Additionally, FFP provides emergency food assistance for Central African refugees sheltering in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo through WFP and NGOs.

October 16 is World Food Day, which promotes worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger. Reflecting on World Food Day, U.S. Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn said, “The United States government is committed to providing humanitarian assistance to food insecure Central Africans, and we thank our partners in the field who help us deliver this critical food aid.”