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How farmers can keep their kids in school

Central African Republic, January 27, 2009

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The vast majority of Central Africans depend upon agriculture to feed their families and earn a living. But hindered by rudimentary tools, inefficient techniques, and banditry, long days of backbreaking labor are often insufficient to produce a good harvest. And much of the harvest is eaten or sold immediately, leaving farmers without seeds to plant the following year.

In April and May 2008, Mercy Corps in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) distributed peanut seeds to over 12,000 families in Nana Mambere Prefecture in northwestern CAR. The increased crop yields will improve their income and send their children to school — getting an education that can break the cycle of poverty.