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June 14, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Kinshasa, DRC - Today Christophe Tocco was sworn in as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  With over 20 years of experience in managing and executing international development programs including most recently serving as Deputy Mission Director to USAID/DRC, Mr. Tocco will lead both the USAID/DRC bilateral mission and the Central Africa Regional Operating Unit, which includes the Central African Regional Program for the Environment, as well as programs that address Countering the Lord’s Resistance Army, and provide support to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. USAID/DRC also manages Agency programs in the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo.

Staff at the Maternal and Child Health Center in Barumbu, Kinshasa, show packages of insecticide-treated bed nets.
April 25, 2016

The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today released its tenth annual report, documenting progress across its programs including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

U.S. Ambassador James Swan (second left) handed a symbol of U.S. food assistance to WFP Country Representative Pablo Recalde.
March 25, 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $42.75 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), contributing to food assistance for more than 1.6 million vulnerable people in conflict-affected parts of the country.

Cleaning coffee cherries at a washing station in South Kivu, DRC.
March 21, 2016

More than 4,500 small-scale coffee farmers supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are attracting international buyers and making sales to American coffee companies including Starbucks, Counter Culture Coffee and Sweet Maria’s. On March 22, Starbucks launches a high-quality South Kivu coffee supplied by these farmers at nearly 1,500 stores across the United States and Canada, and on Starbucks.com.

Dr. Diana Putman, USAID/DRC Mission Director, speaks at a press conference with World Wildlife Fund officials in Kinshasa on Feb
February 23, 2016

On Feb. 4, Congolese authorities seized approximately 30kg of ivory tusks and ornaments in two separate operations in Kinshasa, confiscating processing equipment and arresting several traffickers. The USAID-funded international organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in partnership with national non-governmental organizations, helped authorities follow the wildlife trafficking network for some time before the arrests.

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