Escalating violence in the Central African Republic is jeopardizing food security in certain areas, says an international humanitarian agency.

The International Committee of the Red Cross reported last week that regular attacks by armed groups have prompted civilians to flee to the Haut-Mbomou and Mbomou regions near the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan borders, doubling the populations of Obo, Mboki, Rafai and Zemio in these areas, according to IRIN.

“While the increase in population drove up demand for food, over-used fields lost productivity, making produce scarce and expensive. Some food is certainly still being produced in the region but the violence has made farmers unwilling to stay far from the towns to tend their fields, making food security more and more fragile,” the ICRC told IRIN.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.