WFP Republic of Congo Country Brief, February 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • The School Feeding Programme faces a critical funding gap. The new school year, which began in October, has little food available for the school canteens. WFP’s Social Safety Net programme is also in need of urgent funding.

  • Funded by the European Union, WFP, FAO and IFAD have launched a small-holder farmers’ project with the Government to promote a Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme.

  • WFP launched an Immediate Response Emergency Operation (IR-EMOP) following the Government’s request to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced people in the Pool department affected by fighting between security forces and the “Ninjas” militia.

Operational Updates

  • Through the school feeding programme, WFP provides 95,000 children with hot meals and plans to reach 132,000 children in 2018. However, the programme is facing a serious funding gap.

  • In November 2015, under the safety net component,
    WFP resumed electronic food transfer to the vulnerable people in the newly-selected areas of Sibiti and Owando. The programme, however, is still suspended in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire due to insufficient funding. In the newly selected areas, available funds are also exhausted with a critical gap expected to start in November 2016.

  • Security situation in the Pool department: Since late September, several armed clashes between government forces and forma militia ‘Ninjas’ have occurred. According to the Government, 60 deadly attacks were carried out. Consequently, thousands of people fled the affected areas. The area had already been hard hit by unrest.

At the end of January, WFP started an Immediate Response Emergency Operation to assist displaced persons in the surrounding villages and towns.