CAR farmers need seeds now, cheaper than more food aid later: U.N.

March 25, 2015 6:21 PM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Failure to provide farmers in conflict-hit Central African Republic with seeds to plant crops could worsen food shortages, displace more people and raise the cost of humanitarian aid, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.

Around 1.5 million CAR citizens are short of food, and that number is likely to rise unless farmers get seeds before the planting season begins in April, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative Pierre Vauthier said.

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