Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Democratic Republic of Congo

April 11, 2016

Food Security Situation

Map of DRC
CIA World Factbook
  • A November 2015 food security assessment in DRC found an approximately 31 percent decline in the number of people experiencing acute food insecurity compared to late 2014. However, nearly 4.5 million people continue to face acute food insecurity in DRC, concentrated in conflict-affected areas across seven territories.

  • Armed conflict, ongoing insecurity, and population displacement are the primary drivers of food insecurity in DRC, according to the assessment. 


Food Assistance Programs

  • USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) currently supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) with U.S., regionally and locally purchased food for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and vulnerable host households in conflict-affected areas of Orientale, North Kivu, South Kivu and Katanga territories.

  • Through WFP, FFP supports general food distributions; targeted supplementary feeding for malnourished children 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women; support to caretakers of malnourished children in therapeutic feeding centers; and blanket supplementary feeding to prevent acute malnutrition for children 6-23 months and pregnant and lactating women. FFP also supports recovery activities, including Food for Assets and Food for Training, and emergency school feeding where distributions are provided to highly food-insecure IDPs. 

  • Since 2011, FFP has partnered 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. These projects will close in FY 2016.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $15.0 million 8,675 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $92.0 million 20,300 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 2016 Contribution Breakdown To Date:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $10.0 million 4,530 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $5.0 million 4,145 MT

Food Security Situation information is provided by UN as of November 2015.
FY 2016 contributions based on funds obligated to date.
Contributions do not include FFP assistance to Central African refugees living inside DRC.

Related Resources

Final Democratic Republic of Congo FY 2016 Country Specific Information

Food Security Desk Review For Katanga, North Kivu, and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo 

Food Security Desk review for Kasai Occidental and Kasai Oriental, Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo Staple Food Market Fundamentals


Last updated: June 03, 2016

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