About Central African Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country in Central Africa, which stretches across an area of ​​622,984 km ². Bangui the capital and main city of the country is located 1400Km from the port from Douala to Cameroon. According to the general population and housing census (RGPH 2003), 3,895,139 inhabitants were counted, of which 50.2% were women. In the year 2015, this same population is estimated at 5,546,000 inhabitants. Poverty appears to be a massive phenomenon in CAR. Over 73% of rural households and 68% of urban households live below the national poverty line according to data from the survey on the living conditions of rural households (ECVR) and urban (ECVU) carried out in 2003 and completed in 2006. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) report on human development in 2016. The Central African Republic is ranked 188th out of 188 countries with an index human development rate of 0.352. The average life expectancy is 51.21% and the rate literacy rate of 67% including 76% for women and 49% for men (National report in preparation of CONFINTEA VI). This dark picture is regularly maintained by the various military-political conflicts that CAR has experienced in recent decades.

Beyond all these evils, it is interesting to note that the Central African Republic has many assets in the rural sector. Indeed, on nearly 15.0000.000 hectares of arable land only 600,000 to 700,000 hectares are cultivated each year, or about 1% of the territory national and 4.4% of the arable area. The average cultivated area per agricultural worker is less than 1 hectare (Rural sector development strategy document, 2007). Of the 16 prefectures in the CAR, 7 prefectures have acute malnutrition rates severe (SAM) greater than 2% (ICASEES / UNICEF, 2015).

Public Institutes


Ministère de l’Agriculture du Développement Rural
Website available in  French 


Central African Institute for Agricultural Research (ICRA)
Website available in English and French


Université de Bangui 
Website available in French