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.