Democratic Republic of the Congo - Situation report April 2018

Democratic Republic of the Congo - Situation report April 2018
Apr 2018

Key points

  • Renewed conflict and the expansion of violence in 2017 has forced 3 in 5 people from their homes (January‒June 2017) bringing the current caseload to 4.1 million IDPs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ‒ one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.
  • Food insecurity levels continue to worsen and major increases in malnutrition rates were recorded, with about 4.6 million children acutely malnourished.
  • The overall context in the country continues to be marked by population movements triggered by insecurity (particularly in the eastern regions), high vulnerability, high mortality and morbidity rates, epidemics, the slowdown in economic growth and development, and socio-political tensions around the electoral process.
  • As agriculture is the only sector able to provide displaced and returnee families with nutritious food, income and dignity, implementing agricultural activities and rehabilitating value chains are key to contribute to reducing food insecurity and malnutrition, generating socio-economic development, building resilience, stabilizing peace and building more prosperous futures.
  • FAO works closely with the World Food Programme in developing joint strategies and programmes enabling people to rapidly resume food production and boost markets as soon as the security conditions improve. FAO has also partnered with NGOs and collaborates with the Ministry of Agriculture at all levels.
  • FAO urgently requires USD 4.8 million by May 2018 to assist 15 800 households in Kasai through vegetable production, quality seed multiplication and livestock restocking. An additional USD 1.5 million is urgently needed to support 70 000 people in Ituri through emergency agricultural kits, allowing for beneficiaries to rapidly produce food and diversify their diets.