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December 30, 2015
Food Security Situation
A November 2015 food security assessment in DRC found an approximately 31 percent decline in the number of people experiencing acute food insecurity compared to late 2014. However, nearly 4.5 million people continue to face acute food insecurity in DRC, concentrated in conflict-affected areas across seven territories.
- Armed conflict, ongoing insecurity, and population displacement are the primary drivers of food insecurity in DRC, according to the assessment.
Food Assistance Programs
USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) currently supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) with U.S., regionally and locally purchased food for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and vulnerable host households in conflict-affected areas of Orientale, North Kivu, South Kivu and Katanga territories.
Through WFP, FFP supports general food distributions; targeted supplementary feeding for malnourished children 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women; support to caretakers of malnourished children in therapeutic feeding centers; and blanket supplementary feeding to prevent acute malnutrition for children 6-23 months and pregnant and lactating women. FFP also supports recovery activities, including Food for Assets and Food for Training, and emergency school feeding where distributions are provided to highly food-insecure IDPs.
Since 2011, FFP has partnered with ADRA, Food for the Hungry, and Mercy Corps on development food assistance projects to improve agricultural sector capacity, maternal and child health and nutrition, civil participation and local governance, disaster risk reduction, water and sanitation, natural resources management and biodiversity, and microenterprise productivity. These projects will close in FY 2016.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2016||$15.0 million||8,675 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2015||$92.0 million||20,300 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2014||$102.0 million||42,517 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2013||$84.6 million||34,920 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2012||$73.3 million||71,067 MT|
Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown To Date:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||----||----|
|Title II Emergency||$10.0 million||4,530 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||$5.0 million||4,145 MT|
Food Security Situation information is provided by UN as of November 2015.
FY 2016 contributions based on funds obligated to date.
Contributions do not include FFP assistance to Central African refugees living inside DRC.
Last updated: January 20, 2016