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FAO’s role in the 2014 Strategic Response Plan for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

FAO’s role in the 2014 Strategic Response Plan for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

07/07/2014

Despite abundant natural resources, rural communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) face steep hurdles, such as armed violence, civil insecurity, poverty, acute malnutrition, limited access to resources and lack of basic social services.

According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, 6.7 million people (11 percent of the rural population) is in Phase 3 (Crisis) and Phase 4 (Emergency), requiring urgent food and livelihood assistance; this represents an increase by 5 percent compared with the previous IPC report and the situation could worsen, as violence continues to displace people from their homes and farms. The size of DRC, as well as the complexity and diversity of its humanitarian crisis require coordinated, strategic and need-based responses.

FAO’s Response Plan in 2014

Under the 2014 Strategic Response Plan for DRC, FAO is appealing for USD  32 million to provide agricultural assistance to save lives and protect the livelihoods of the most affected families (displaced populations, host families, returnees, refugees and households that are victims of natural disasters).

The 2014 interventions will prioritize conflict areas classified under IPC Phases 3 and 4 (Katanga, North and South Kivu, Province Orientale and Maniema) and the activities will mainly focus on the distribution of agricultural inputs (seeds and tools) to 228 755 households. In addition, activities aiming at reinforcing the resilience of the population in order to better cope with shocks (i.e. restoring the agricultural production system) will be implemented.