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In the Central African Republic, more than 2 million people suffer from acute food insecurity. Displacement of populations and episodes of violence prevent normal food production. To which are added bad eating habits and now the coronavirus epidemic. Faced with these difficulties, a national multisectoral food security and nutrition committee was launched in Bangui, the capital. </p><div> <p><em>With our correspondent in Bangui,</em> <strong>Charlotte Cosset</strong>
The Covid-19 epidemic has resulted in the diet of Central Africans increasing the price of food on the market while the import and production of food is limited. This epidemic comes on top of an already fragile situation, explains Étienne Ngounio Gabia, program manager of the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, for the Central African Republic.
« Apart from Bangui and Ouham, all the prefectures have chronic malnutrition rates exceeding 30%, he explains. In other prefectures such as Basse-Kotto, Mambéré-Kadeï, Mbomou, Nana-Mambéré and Ouham, this rate goes beyond 40%. The situation of malnutrition is worrying. This prompted the authorities to seek the support of partners, especially the United Nations system. ».
The creation of this committee, which has been planned for several months already, should provide a better response on the ground. ” It means coordinating the different sectors that contribute to food security, nutrition, health, the environment and education, explains the Minister of Health, Pierre Somse, vice-president of the committee. Mobilize resources so that this sector can be more efficient ».
FAO has identified the Central African Republic as one of 27 countries around the world at risk of seeing its food situation deteriorate due to the coronavirus epidemic.