WFP Central African Republic Country Brief, October 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


Operational Updates

• In October 2020, WFP provided in-kind food assistance to 502,853 affected people across the country. A total of 280,512 people also received food assistance through cash-based transfers (CBT). The WFP food baskets consisted of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and salt.

• During the rainy season in CAR, numerous rivers overflow their banks after torrential rains damaged two IDP sites in Birao in the northeast. WFP carried out an airlift for 18 mt of food in October and plans are underway to airlift more food to address the emerging needs.

• Also, following the flooding, more roads have become impracticable, and access to beneficiaries is more difficult. WFP carried out two helicopter rotations to Yalinga and Ouadda (Bria) and distributed 6,293 mt of food to 300 households. An exploratory mission is underway to re-evaluate the current state of the roads and the possibility to transport more food by road to reach more beneficiaries.

• Violent clashes erupted between two rival groups in Batangafo, causing the displacement of 45,000 Internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were already registered as WFP beneficiaries. WFP and its partner World Vision International provided immediate food assistance to the IDPs who were seeking refuge at the base of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA).

• WFP is scaling up its cash-based intervention to reach more beneficiaries. This scale up will include enhancing assessments, targeting and registration of all beneficiaries through SCOPE, WFP’s beneficiary and transfer management platform. WFP is also digitalizing and rolling out the SCOPE e-voucher delivery mechanism, electronic transfers with mobile money, and direct cash in envelopes transfer or via bank accounts to beneficiaries.