Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Democratic Republic of Congo

May 7, 2014

Food Security Situation

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  • According to the UN World Food Program (WFP), 6.4 million people experience food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • Congolese refugees from neighboring countries and internally displaced persons are returning to parts of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), largely voluntarily, following improvements in the security situation.  However, violence in other areas of eastern DRC, has generated additional displacement and obstructed humanitarian access.
  • As a result of the ongoing violence, in late March 2014 the UN Security Council renewed the mandate for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) through March 31, 2015.
  • Western provinces are affected by chronic food insecurity and recent inflow of refugees from Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo, and returnees from Angola.
  • 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 both 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 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 $69.9 million 37,247 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 $2.1 million* 2,120 MT
Title II Emergency $61.6 million 31,240 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $6.2 million 3,887 MT

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

*Of a total expected $30 million for development programs in FY 2014.

Last updated: May 07, 2014

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