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Democratic Republic of the Congo | Response overview (May 2021)

Democratic Republic of the Congo | Response overview (May 2021)
May 2021

The Democratic Republic of Congo has the highest estimated number of people in acute food insecurity worldwide. The key drivers of food insecurity in the country are protracted conflict, mainly in the eastern provinces triggering population displacements and the disruption of livelihoods, the effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and related containment measures, the economic decline linked to the currency depreciation and drop in GDP growth, and natural hazards (floods, animal diseases, etc.). Any further disruption to food supply chains will worsen human suffering and hamper efforts to tackle and reduce food insecurity. It is thus crucial to deliver livelihood assistance throughout the country, particularly so as not to miss the upcoming agricultural seasons to quickly increase access to food, improve and diversify households’ daily diet, create alternative sources of income and supply markets with local, fresh products.

 

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