The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have committed the sum US$10 million to improve access to food for more than 100,000 people in Kasai.
The conflict in Kasai, formerly a maize-producing region, has forced a million people out of their homes and off their lands leaving about 3.2 million severely hungry. The two U.S agencies aim at ensuring access to food for over 100,000 people and reduce child malnutrition.
FAO and WFP are joining forces with the ministry of Agriculture, Democratic Republic Of Congo and local NGOs to mitigate against intense human suffering and hunger in Greater Kasai.
The tragedy experienced by the Congolese people demands greater solidarity. FAO and WFP are advocating for significantly expanded funding to address harrowing levels of needs.
“These interventions will not only protect vulnerable people, but help revive agricultural production and boost social cohesion in communities affected by the crisis,” added Claude Jibidar, WFP’s Country Representative in DRC.
FAO Representative ad interim, Alexis Bonte, said, “Thanks to this significant contribution, we are able to ramp up our efforts and work closely together to prevent people, including young children, from dying of hunger and malnutrition,”.
Under this partnership, fortified maize meal, legumes, fortified vegetable oil and iodized salt, hoe, rake, spade, watering can, and vegetable and fruit seeds as well as money will be distributed.
Beneficiaries will also be trained in raising guinea pigs, processing and marketing bamboo and planting of vegetable gardens. Children aged 6 to 59 months, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, will be treated for three months with special nutritious supplements .
FAO will supply vegetable-growing kits – hoe, rake, spade, watering can, and vegetable and fruit seeds – that will allow each family to eat for two months and sell what they don’t eat.