WFP / DRC FOOD CRISIS

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02-Apr-2019 00:03:25
The Global Food Crises Report for 2019 highlighted Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as second only to Yemen in terms of the severity of its food crisis with some 13 million Congolese people acutely food insecure. WFP

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FILE – 21-22 AUGUST 2017, KASAI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

1. Various shots, people displaced by fighting on the road with their belongings
2. Various shots, home destroyed by militias

27-28 FEBRUARY 2019, TANGANYIKA PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

3. Aerial shot, forest
4. Wide shot, WFP vehicle crossing bridge
5. Aerial shots, mixed community of Bantu and Twa farmers working together
6. Med shot, farmer working
7. Med shot, farmer working
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Silvia Risi, P4P Project Manager, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“We have already observed the impact and the positive progress, in that, in several villages, the two communities now live together peacefully, they work together, and they have a dialogue. And they work together to prevent further conflict.”
9. Various shots, mixed community of Bantu and Twa from the local village of Monde clearing roads as part of the Food Assistance for Assets project

01 APRIL 2019, ROME, ITALY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Arif Hussain, Chief Economist and Deputy Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“The biggest reason for hunger in DRC is conflict. If there was peace there will be no hunger in DRC. But today because of conflict, unfortunately, there are more than 13 million people who go hungry every single day. WFP today is working to break that cycle, the cycle of conflict and hunger. We are trying to create peace. We are trying to prevent conflict and improve stability. And the only way you can do that is by working to empower women to work in the agricultural sector so the majority of people have livelihoods and a reason to live.”

27 MARCH 2019, TANGANYIKA PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

11. Various shots, women taking literacy courses in Shabana Primary School in Kabalo
12. Various shots, cassava farmers working

28 FEBRUARY 2017, TANGANYIKA PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

13. Various shots, mixed teams of Bantu and Twa playing football

STORYLINE:

The Global Food Crises Report for 2019 highlighted Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as second only to Yemen in terms of the severity of its food crisis with some 13 million Congolese people acutely food insecure.

The Report presented today (02 Apr) jointly by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) found that more than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger last year. More than half of them were in countries affected by conflict or insecurity.

It called for a new way of responding to food security challenges and demonstrated the need for simultaneous humanitarian and development action to deliver a hunger-free world in the 21st century.

WFP said hunger and conflict fuel one another in the DRC but noted that food could also be a tool for recovery and peace. While WFP provides food assistance for more than five million people, it is also making investments in food security and nutrition that could advance development and peace by fostering agriculture, women’s empowerment and reconciliation.

WFP said the DRC’s humanitarian emergency is especially challenging, given its combination of widespread inter-ethnic conflict, large-scale internal displacement, a protracted Ebola epidemic, donor fatigue and huge gaps between funding levels and requirements.

The crisis has been aggravated by rising political tensions in the wake of the recent, controversial presidential election. Disagreement between the international humanitarian community and the government about the gravity of the crisis, particularly the number of internally displaced people, risks further eroding donor support.
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