FAO opens a new door for ex-combatants within CAR
04.12.2017 09:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
More than 1,000 ex-combatants in the Central African Republic (CAR) have exchanged a life of fighting for farming, thanks to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) new initiative, UN Radio says referring to the FAO report.
As to the report, the FAO-led initiative helps former fighters put down their weapons and take to the land instead.
Participants get certified training within gardening, horticulture, and rearing farm animals, as well as using agricultural tools and growing seeds.
In meanwhile, Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, FAO Representative within the CAR, admits the programme is timely and important to help restore peace, as violence resumes recently.
He says the scheme aimed to help fighters return to an economically-viable civilian life, «through training courses they have chosen themselves».
It is to be admitted, the conflict between armed groups and government forces within CAR has left half of the population in need of food assistance.
Meanwhile, FAO is urgently appealing for US$10 million to help more than 350,000 vulnerable and displaced communities restart their own farming activities.