Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

17 APR 2018

Central African Republic

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about food insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR).

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for International Development is of interest:

Around half the population in CAR are food insecure as a result of shrinking agricultural production caused largely by conflict and insecurity.
The UK is one of the largest donors to the crisis in the CAR and is contributing £40 million in humanitarian aid from 2016-2019 through the CAR Humanitarian and Recovery Programme. The programme is designed to address the urgent life-saving and protracted needs of conflict-affected populations in CAR and refugees in Cameroon who have fled violent conflict since December 2013. Since the start of the programme, over 1.5 million people in CAR and over 270,000 refugees in Cameroon have been reached with humanitarian assistance. Over 75 per cent of the country's working population relies on agriculture, which has been so drastically affected by the years of conflict and instability. The UK's support is helping some 300,000 people to restart their livelihoods, through the provision of food-producing seed, disease-resistant cassava cuttings, livestock vaccinations, and agricultural tools. Food aid also help avoid the consumption of seed meant for planting or harvesting crops early.

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