Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Democratic Republic of Congo

September 17, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of DRC
CIA World Factbook
  • According to the UN World Food Program (WFP), 6.3 million people experience food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • Ongoing violence in parts of eastern DRC continues to generate additional displacement and obstructed humanitarian access.
  • Both eastern and western provinces have very low agricultural productivity, presence of animal and plant diseases, frequent flooding, isolated agricultural production areas, high population pressure and land conflicts limiting access to land.


Food Assistance Programs

  • USAID is supporting WFP with U.S. in-kind and regionally purchased food for refugees in camps, IDPs in camps and spontaneous sites, and vulnerable host households as well as supporting nutrition activities in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Katanga. USAID also supports ACTED to provide food to 66,000 beneficiaries in Katanga through vouchers and food fairs.
  • Two joint awards with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance to Samaritan’s Purse and Catholic Relief Services aim to help conflict-affected populations. Samaritan’s Purse will distribute food and non-food item kits to help 102,000 war-affected individuals cope with displacement and loss, either through direct distributions or with a voucher-fair system, based on local market conditions. The project activities aim to improve food security through increased agricultural production, diversified consumption, and livestock distribution. Catholic Relief Services will help 132,000 individuals restore and rehabilitate village assets linked to economic viability. FFP support will go towards a mixture of cash/food vouchers and locally purchased food.
  • USAID partner UNICEF is providing ready-to-use therapeutic food for 75,000 children under five experiencing severe acute malnutrition in Kasaï-Orientale, Kasaï-Occidental, Katanga, and South Kivu provinces. UNICEF also plans to improve integrated management of acute malnutrition through support to 750 health service providers.
  • FFP partners with World Vision, ADRA, Food for the Hungry, and Mercy Corps on development food assistance programs improving agricultural sector capacity, maternal and child health and nutrition, civil participation and local governance, protection, disaster risk reduction, water and sanitation, natural resources management and biodiversity, and microenterprise productivity.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $101.6 million 42,307 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $84.6 million 34,920 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $73.3 million 71,067 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $67.2 million 60,760 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $101.3 million 94,400 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown To Date:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $29.1 million 7,370 MT
Title II Emergency $60.5 million 31,050 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $12 million 3,887 MT

Food Security Situation information is provided by UN as of September 2014.


Last updated: September 17, 2014

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