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Emergency response

Central African Republic – Farming disease control

ForAfrika will work with local veterinarians in CAR to ensure animals are well taken care of so that smallholder farmers are able to produce crops and earn an income.

Based on humanitarian reports published by the United Nations Office for Coordinating Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), ForAfrika became aware of large-scale humanitarian needs in the Central African Republic (CAR) and took the decision to move into the country responding to its ongoing food security emergency.

Disaster overview

After assessing the situation, ForAfrika decided on a novel approach after being impressed by the way in which small-scale farmers organise themselves into associations to pool resources.

Their efforts, however, are often stymied by animal and crop disease, logistics, lack of know-how and potable water. After engaging with 24 of these associations in the areas of Sibut and Boali, ForAfrika identified ways in which we could immediately support them to boost their existing initiatives, in ways that are familiar to them.

Can we place more emphasis on emergency food security? (it goes to the heart of the crises and also communicate the desperateness with which local communities try to survive)

Working with partners already on the ground to bring around immediate relief and strengthen food security, our emergency response team has decided to:

  • Fund veterinary and pest-control interventions for timeous and preventative treatment
  • Engage experts to impart knowledge about disease, pest control and agricultural techniques via cell phones.
  • Supply teams of plough oxen until such time as tractors can be viable.
  • Provide linkages to local markets.
  • Rehabilitate or drill wells where necessary and provide water, sanitation and hygiene training.

In one of the world’s most vulnerable countries, farmers’ associations are a lifeline for many, but they need important resources.

Sibut and Boali.

ForAfrika has commenced with hiring a veterinarian who is visiting the farmers’ associations to treat animals and provide advice on a regular basis.

Additional funding is needed to expand this programme to provide for ox plows, transport, pest control, and agriculture expert advice to local farmers. In this situation, a little money can go a long way.

October 2022 to present:
Veterinarian relief stop dying livestock & increase food security.

September 2022:
Program Officer and Veterinarian contracted.

August 2022:
Assessment completed and Response Plan approved.

Emergency in numbers

People reached
900
Associations assisted
40
Animals treated
250
Funding required
US$ 295,000
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