WFP Central African Republic Country Brief, August 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

2,393 mt of food distributed

USD 2 million cash-based transfers

USD 65 million - six-month (September 2020 – February 2021) net funding requirements 769,148 people assisted in August 2020

Operational Updates

• Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, WFP continues to provide food and nutrition assistance to ensure critical support reaches vulnerable people in need.
In August, WFP reached 769,148 people (67 percent of the planned beneficiaries) through food and nutrition assistance, of which 514,319 people were assisted with inkind food rations and 254,929 people with cash assistance.
Over 2,393 mt of food was distributed representing 78 percent of the 3,051 mt planned for distribution. Because of a lack of resources and logistics constraints, the food rations distributed in August covered only 50 percent of the daily per capita energy requirement (2,100 kcal). This reduction caused a 7 percent decline in the total number of beneficiaries reached in comparison with the total reached in July.

• WFP provided take-home rations to 2,180 primary school children from crisis-affected families as a substitute for onsite school meals. The distribution reached 16 percent more beneficiaries than the planned 1,815 for the month with a total of 4.5 mt of food. WFP also rolled out takehome rations for home-grown school feeding in 51 WFPsupported schools and reached 1,056 schoolchildren with 2.7 mt of food.

• WFP assisted 5,337 children aged 6-23 months under acute malnutrition prevention activities. For the treatment of acute malnutrition, WFP distributed 44 mt of specialized nutritious foods to 10,229 children aged 6-59 months. As a result of the ongoing shortage in Super Cereals, assistance to pregnant and lactating women (PLW) was not provided. However, under the food by prescription (FbP) programme, 8,821 antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients received nutritional assistance through cash vouchers worth USD 69,134.

• Through resilience-building activities, WFP assisted 178,493 beneficiaries (65 percent of the planned 273,534) with 334 mt of food and USD 377,740 in cash transfers to cope with the impact of the lean season and COVID-19. Also, through the seed protection activities with FAO, WFP assisted 16,800 households to continue the maintenance of the farmed lands and avoid early harvests.

• WFP has been providing technical training to women in Bimbo and Samba to strengthen their resilience to the social-economic impact of COVID-19. In August, 3,131 women received training for the production and distribution of soap and local masks.