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Hunger Crisis In the DRC

Today, the DRC is the world's largest hunger crisis in absolute numbers and counts Africa’s highest number of internally displaced people. Hunger and conflict are fueling each other.

Violence and Human Suffering

Decades of civil war have wrought havoc on the DRC. One out of every four Congolese are hungry and WFP is scaling up operations to save their lives .

DRC: A Fight for Peace

November 2021

New findings indicate the food crisis in the DRC shows little sign of abating: Some 27 million people – one-quarter of DRC’s population – face crisis or emergency levels of hunger fueled by poor harvests, violence-driven displacement, disease and collapsing infrastructure. Agricultural production has declined amidst the violence. Infrastructure is crumbling. Multiple armed groups have displaced millions, especially in the northeast.

Photo: WFP/Gracia Bitahondwa/2021

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. The Ebola outbreak become the second biggest on record, killing over 2,200 people since mid-2018. WFP worked to deliver food to people suspected of carrying the disease so they don’t need to leave their homes.

Photo: WFP/Deborah Nguyen

August 2018

The DRC Government declared an outbreak of the Ebola virus. 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 was on the frontlines of the crisis response, delivering food to 440,000 people and meals to 25,000 schoolchildren in Ebola-affected areas.

Source: Press Release Photo: WFP/Tara Crossley

January 2018

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

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 2022, WFP plans to reach 8.6 million people in DRC with food, nutrition and cash-based assistance—nearly 2 million more people 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 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