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February 24, 2015
Food Security Situation
According to the UN World Food Program (WFP), 6.5 million people experience food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 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.
- In addition, ongoing armed conflict in parts of eastern DRC continues to generate additional displacement and obstructed humanitarian access.
Food Assistance Programs
USAID's Office of Food for Peace (FFP) supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) with U.S. in-kind and regionally purchased food for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and vulnerable host households as well as supports nutrition activities in Equateur, Orientale, North Kivu, South Kivu, and Katanga. USAID also partners with ACTED to provide food to 24,600 newly displaced persons in Katanga through vouchers and food fairs.
FFP and USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance have two joint awards with Samaritan’s Purse and Catholic Relief Services that assist conflict-affected populations. Samaritan’s Purse distributes food and non-food item kits to help 102,000 war-affected individuals cope with displacement and loss, and supports improved food security through increased agricultural production, diversified consumption, and livestock distribution. Catholic Relief Services helps 132,000 individuals restore and rehabilitate village assets to improve livelihoods. FFP support will include a mixture of cash and food vouchers and locally purchased food. USAID also partners with UNICEF to provide 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.
FFP partners with ADRA, Food for the Hungry, and Mercy Corps on development food assistance projects to improve agricultural sector capacity, maternal and child health and nutrition, civil participation and local governance, disaster risk reduction, water and sanitation, natural resources management and biodiversity, and microenterprise productivity.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2015||$51.3 million||19,300 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2014||$102.0 million||42,517 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 2015 Contribution Breakdown To Date:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||$0.5 million||590 MT|
|Title II Emergency||$44.7 million||18,710 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||$6.1 million||----|
Food Security Situation information is provided by UN as of February 2015
FY 2015 contribution based on funds obligated to date
Last updated: February 25, 2015