Emergency aid was provided in the form of maize in 2003 (2000 bags of maize), 2015 (111 bags of maize) and 2016 (2000 bags of maize). Due to the El Nino climate change, the Central African region is experiencing either too little or too much rainfall, leading to severe drought or flooding. Both natural phenomena are dramatic for harvests.
Long-term solutions to famine
In times of famine, people depend on organisations such as Friends For Africa, because the government does not have sufficient capacity to provide the poorest people with food. The distribution of food always takes place through a local intermediary. The intermediaries are churches, mosques and schools. In this way, we ensure that the food reaches the poorest. The aim of the organisation is to help people in the long term. As a foundation, we realise that providing food does not help people in the long run, but in times of humanitarian disaster it is necessary to ensure the survival of children and the elderly.
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