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Photo: WFP/Arete/Fredrik Lerneryd/2021

Hunger Crisis In the DRC

Today, the DRC is the world's largest hunger crisis and counts Africa’s highest number of internally displaced people. Years of conflict and the impact of COVID-19 are intensifying hunger for millions of Congolese.

Violence and Human Suffering

Decades of civil war have wrought havoc on the DRC. Now, the country faces another killer: COVID-19. The deadly combination has caused widespread hunger – one out of every four Congolese are hungry – and WFP is scaling up operations to save their lives.

DRC: A Fight for Peace

December 2019

At the end of November, armed groups began targeting civilians and Ebola health centers, forcing aid groups – including WFP – to suspend their operations and withdraw their staff. This Ebola outbreak has become the second biggest on record, killing over 2,200 people since mid-2018. WFP is working to deliver food to people suspected of carrying the disease so they don’t need to leave their homes.

Photo: WFP/Deborah Nguyen

August 2019

August 1, 2019 marks one year since the DRC Government declared an outbreak of the Ebola virus. At the end of July it was declared a public health emergency of international concern. Almost one in three cases is a child. Though the outbreak is primarily a health crisis, it hurts local businesses, prevents children from going to school and pushes people further into hunger. WFP has been on the front lines, delivering food to 440,000 people and meals to 25,000 schoolchildren in Ebola-affected areas.

Source: Press Release Photo: WFP/Tara Crossley

December 2018

5 million Congolese people are internally displaced, unable to return to their homes because of violence, and 7.7 million are severely food insecure.

August 2018

An infestation of Fall Armyworms reduces DRC's corn crops by 64%, pushing families further into hunger.

January 2018

Airlifts from France of Plumpy’Sup, a nutrient-rich, ready-to-use supplementary food, allow WFP to treat 9,000 malnourished children.

November 2017

Lagging donations force WFP to cut its food distribution to 400,000 people by half.

Photo: WFP/Jacques David

July 2016

WFP launches its assistance program following the eruption of brutal conflict and ethnic violence. Rations include cereal, beans, vegetable oil and salt.

Photo: WFP/Jacques David

Rebuilding Lives

Despite difficult and oftentimes dangerous circumstances, WFP continues to provide support to Congolese families in need. In 2021, WFP plans to reach 8.7 million people in DRC  with food, nutrition and cash-based assistance—nearly two million more than last year

Photo: WFP

WFP operates UNHAS, running daily flights and carrying humanitarian workers, cargo, mobile laboratories and protection equipment. UNHAS also enables access to Ebola-affected areas.

Photo: WFP/Arete/Fredrik Lerneryd/2021
Resilience Work

WFP’s resilience-building programs, implemented with FAO and UNICEF, are key peace and development. Key components of the programs are training courses for women in literacy, business and leadership skills.

Cash Transfers

Cash is an effective and cost-efficient form of food assistance that allows families to buy what they want in stores. With cash transfers, people can buy a variety of food items and improve their nutrition.

Farmer Support

WFP teaches small-scale farmers how to run and grow their businesses ,  from planting and harvesting to storing and selling . Women receive special support so they can sell products like livestock or charcoal.

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But there is more to be done.
As of today
DRC has more people living in hunger
than any other country in the world