PLEASE NOTE: This assessment was carried out in 2009. Information will be updated as soon as possible.
Central African Republic Food Suppliers, Accommodation and Other Markets
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Main Food Suppliers
With the exception of maize meal, the possibility of local purchases of food is limited in the Central African Republic. Food supply is done internationally or regionally in Cameroon. There are two local food providers in the Central African Republic, with limited production capacity.
Details about MAÏSCA are provided at Section 14 related to milling factories in the Central African Republic.
HUSACA (Huilerie, Savonnerie Centrafricaine) is a private company specialised in the production of edible oil and soaps. Its factory is located at Bimbo, within the same compound as MAÏSCA. HUSACA produces oil from cotton seed. Due to the low cotton production in the country, the company envisages to produce sesame oil starting 2010.
Fortification of the oil: It should be mentioned that the oil produced by HUSACA is not fortified with vitamins A and D. However, the company has the technical expertise to install a fortification unit.
- Daily grinding capacity: 20 metric tons of cotton seed
- Daily oil production capacity: 2 metric tons
- Cost: 675,000 XAF/MT
 MAÏSCA and HUSACA are a same company.
SUCAF (Sucrerie Centrafricaine)
The Sucrerie Centrafricaine (SUCAF) is part of the CASTEL Group, which also includes MOCAF, the only brewery in the Central African Republic. The company produces sugar and has about 18,000 hectares of sugar canes in the country. Annual production capacity: 12,000 metric tons of sugar. Actual production capacity: 9,225 metric tons of sugar (2008). Packages: 25kg and 50kg. Cost: 532,260 XAF/MT. It should be mentioned that the national consumption of sugar stands around 25,000 metric tons. According to an agreement with the Central African government, when SUCAF’ production can not satisfy the domestic demand, the company is entitled to import 90% of the quantity needed and only 10% can be imported by other companies.
Additional Operational Support
Considering the relatively poor economic context, it is impossible to carry out large (local) purchases of non-food items in the Central African Republic. An alternative solution is to purchase NFI from Cameroon.
It should be mentioned that outside the town of Bangui, no purchase is possible.