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Project to Revitalize Crop and Livestock Production in the Savannah

In the Central African Republic, the livelihoods of 74 per cent of the population are dependent on the agropastoral sector, which also accounts for 52 per cent of the country’s GDP. The humanitarian and security crisis in 2013-2015 and continued conflicts have had a devastating effect on the economy, impacting food security and increasing the country’s fragility today. As a result, poverty affects about 67 per cent of the entire population.

In addition to the impact of conflicts on the economy, the main causes of poverty include the underperforming agropastoral sector, the lack of roads, infrastructure and public services in rural areas, vulnerability to climate change, floods and droughts, as well as scarce economic opportunities, especially for young people.

The Project to Revitalize Crop and Livestock Production in the Savannah (PREPAS) will target 30,000 vulnerable households of agricultural producers in the subprefectures of Baoro, Bossemptélé, Bouar and Yaloké, with possible expansion to Bozoum after the project’s mid-term review. At least 50 per cent of the participants will be women, 30 per cent young people and 10 per cent heads of the most vulnerable households.

The project aims to strengthen the production, processing and marketing of maize, cassava, groundnut, red beans, poultry, goats, sheep and pigs. It will promote sustainable practices that help famers adapt to climate change, particularly to droughts and floods. Household members will receive training in good dietary practices, nutrition and hygiene. Increasing the availability of highly nutritious foods will be among the project goals. In an effort to reduce tensions and promote long-term sustainability, the project will also focus on encouraging dialogue between livestock producers and farmers growing crops. 

In addition, the project will establish 800 agricultural, agropastoral and market-gardening groups while developing market gardens equipped with solar-powered irrigation devices. Furthermore, 12 product warehouses and 8 input storehouses will be constructed, and 450 young people will receive training in processing, marketing or services within the value chains of selected crops and livestock.

Status: Ongoing

Approval Date

05 May 2018

Duration

2018 - 2025

Sector

Credit and Financial Services

Total Project Cost

US$ 29.04 million

IFAD Financing

US$ 25 million

Co-financiers (Domestic)

Beneficiaries In-kind US$ 1.55 million

Beneficiaries US$ 1.53 million

Financing terms

DSF Grant

Project ID

2000001816

Project Contact

Emime Ndihokubwayo


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President's report

President’s report - Project to Revitalize Crop and Livestock Production in the Savannah

Type: Programme and project document
Region: West and Central Africa

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