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The Situation

The Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) is Africa’s second largest country, and the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is also one of the poorest and least developed nations on earth. Of D.R.C.’s population of 74.88 million, 63.6 percent live below the poverty line and lack access to adequate food. Some 7 million people in D.R.C. are food-insecure. The national global acute malnutrition rate is 8 percent, with ten territories having rates above the emergency threshold of 15 percent.

According to D.R.C.’s Demographic and Health Survey 2013-14, among children under age five, 43 percent are stunted, and 23 percent are acutely malnourished wasted, with rates of between 52 percent and 53 percent in North and South Kivu and Kasaï Occidental provinces.

In January 2016, the UN estimated that 7.5 million people in D.R.C., or 9 percent of the population, were in need of food and other humanitarian aid.

World Food Programme's Work

WFP has been present in D.R.C. since 1973. At present, our work aims to alleviate chronic hunger in D.R.C. and assist in recovery efforts.

In 2016, WFP aims to assist 1.6 million people in D.R.C. Specifically, the agency will:

  • Provide life-saving food assistance for internally displaced people, refugees and vulnerable host communities in conflict-affected areas in eastern D.R.C. This assistance comes in the forms of cash and food vouchers or food distributions.
  • Support the early recovery of people returning to their areas of origin through assistance such as emergency school meals, which contributes to increasing school attendance and restoring a sense of normality.
  • Reduce, through supplemental support, the prevalence of acute malnutrition in children aged 6 months to 59 months and pregnant and breastfeeding women in areas where global acute malnutrition affects more than 10 percent of the population.
  • Support smallholder farmers’ access to local markets and education by improving infrastructure.

Articles About Congo, Democratic Republic of

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A Year of Saving and Changing Lives

A look at what 2018 meant for the World Food Programme (WFP) and the millions of people it serves.

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The U.N. Security Council votes unanimously to recognize the link between conflict and food insecurity.
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Historic U.N. Resolution Links Conflict and Hunger

One by one, the hands went up. China. France. Russia. The United Kingdom. The United States. Bolivia. Ivory Coast. Equatorial Guinea. Ethiopia. Kazakhstan. Kuwait. Netherlands. Peru. Poland. Sweden. In a…

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Ebola Strikes DRC

An Ebola outbreak is threatening a country already on the brink of famine as the World Food Programme (WFP) steps up its emergency response to save lives before it’s too…

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Crisis Alert: 300,000 Children Facing Starvation in the DRC

Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo has pushed one in four people into severe hunger—children are especially vulnerable.

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Level 3 Hunger Crisis Declared in DRC

This month, the World Food Programme (WFP) declared a Level 3 emergency in the province of Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where ongoing violence between local militia…

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6 Hunger Catastrophes You Might Not Know About

You’ve seen the headlines about looming famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. But many more hunger crises go ignored. Here are six catastrophes — many driven by conflict…

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Hacking Hunger Episode #11: Pinpointing Hunger with Mobile Phones

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Pinpointing Hunger with Mobile Phones

When violence or natural disaster strikes vulnerable communities, good data on the hunger that often results can be hard to come by. Learn how mobile phones in the most remote…

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Faces of The Displaced: Refugees In Malawi Tell Their Stories

Every year, the U.N. World Food Programme delivers food assistance to 80 million men, women and children across the globe, lifting families out of poverty and hunger when they need…

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Faces of The Displaced: Agnes in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Every year, the U.N. World Food Programme delivers food assistance to 80 million men, women and children across the globe, lifting families out of poverty and hunger when they need…

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