Natural Resources: Central African Republic

December 2017

The Central African Republic is rich in natural resources, but years of conflict and violence have hampered development in the agriculture, energy and mining sectors. Therefore, a large share of the population still faces food insecurity and has limited access to clean water and electricity. The government’s plan to invest in basic infrastructure should improve the situation, while a lifting of the diamond export ban will revitalise the country’s diamond sector.

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Chart 1 SWOT Analysis: Central African Republic


Food security is a major concern
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 2 Case Study on Agriculture: Central African Republic Chart 3 Agricultural Landscape in Central African Republic (CAR)


Low access to electricity
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 4 Energy Landscape in Central African Republic


Urgent need for better regulation and management
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 5 Case Study on Mining of Minerals and Metals: Central African Republic


Lack of access to safe water
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 6 Water Landscape in Central African Republic


High risk of indoor air pollution
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 7 Pollution in Central African Republic


Chart 8 Regional Comparison

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