Central African Republic: FAO says fighters must embrace farming to end cycle of conflict

| February 2, 2015

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Unemployed young men will need jobs to ensure peace in the agriculture-dependent Central African Republic, or CAR, according to a UN official in the country.

Youth unemployment hovers around 80 per cent and some young men have taken to banditry. More than 3,000 people are dead after a year of violence. Many roads remain unsafe, so farmers are afraid to take their goods to market.

The UN estimates that two and a half million people, or about half the population, need shelter, food and water, basic healthcare and education.

Jean-Alexandre Scaglia is the Food and Agriculture Organization’s representative in CAR. He says, “Right now people can eat, but malnutrition rates are extremely high, especially for children.”

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