At this USAID-supported women's association, they learn to plant new crops, such as eggplant, beans, and kale. Photo credit: USAID/Sonia Walia
Food security conditions continue to deteriorate across southwestern Angola's Cunene, Huila, and Namibe provinces, with nearly 1.6 million people facing high levels of acute food insecurity as of November 2022, the UN World Food Program (WFP) reports.
As of November 2022, approximately 6,500 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo's greater Kasai region were residing in Lunda Norte Province's Lóvua Refuge Settlement, relying on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic food needs and for protection support, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports.
USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance partner WFP provided in-kind food assistance— including beans, maize meal, and vegetable oil—to approximately 6,500 refugees at Lóvua Settlement in October 2022.
Angola regularly experiences drought, flooding, and food insecurity. A lack of access to safe drinking water and basic health care services contributes to increased morbidity and mortality rates in Angola. USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance's response strategy in Southern Africa includes investing in disaster risk reduction programs that build regional, national, and local level capacities and supporting the integration of ongoing disaster response capacity-building programs to eliminate gaps and strengthen response networks in the region.