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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Economic development assistance
programme for producers

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Education and protection

Education and protection

FUNDING

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European Union

Fonds Bêkou

Bêkou Fund

BENEFICIARIES

73,040
beneficiaries

FROM 12/01/2018 TO 11/30/2020

24
months

BUDGET

1,205,000
euros

Since 2012, the Vakaga Prefecture has been one of the regions of the Central African Republic most affected by the consequences of the military and political crisis. Far from Bangui (CAR’s economic centre), with almost no public services and modern infrastructure, it is an underdeveloped, under-populated, geographically isolated region (roads, impassable during the rainy season), consequently socially, politically and economically isolated as well.

Remise de kits d’apiculture

Delivery of beekeeping kits, December 2018, Birao, Vakaga Prefecture>

The Vakaga is an area with many pastures, where Chadian and Sudanese herders come during the dry season to fatten their livestock, causing conflicts with the population, local farmers and herders over the occupation of the cultivable land and the management of water points.
Chronic disorganisation and historical under-investment in agricultural and pastoral markets due to the isolation of the prefecture, the lack of integration of agricultural sectors, the low value of raw production and the lack of technical, organisational and financial support to farmers lead to low crop productivity and a high malnutrition rate.

Finally, the region's constraints limit humanitarian action: TGH is now one of only two international NGOs permanently active in the region.
In consortium with NGOs in neighbouring prefectures, this programme provides a response to structural and cyclical problems affecting people's food security.

Actors in promising and emerging agro-pastoral sectors will have access to services, inputs, equipment and infrastructure adapted to individual and collective needs. The transfer of skills and local support will enable local producers to integrate sectors and markets.

Transhumance-related tensions and insecurity will be mitigated through awareness-raising and better access to local mechanisms for peaceful conflict resolution.