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Building resilient livelihoods in Tanganyika, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

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The DRC is one of the most fertile countries on earth, with the potential to feed all its inhabitants and even export food commodities.

Despite its vast natural resources, the DRC faces the largest hunger crisis in the world. According to the findings of the 19th Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), 27.3 million people in DRC are currently severely food insecure. In Tanganyika alone, this proportion reaches 1.2 million people.

The country continues to experience prolonged conflict – particularly in the east – contributing to large-scale population displacements, disrupting agricultural activities and impeding access to markets, schools and healthcare.

In Tanganyika, clashes between armed groups and inter-ethnic conflicts, further aggravated by the impact of recurring agricultural and climate shocks such as erratic rainfall, floods and landslides, have led to massive displacement of populations and disruption of livelihoods, and have devastated the economy and social fabric.

To respond to the vast needs in Tanganyika, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP are implementing an integrated programme to build community resilience and strengthen agricultural value chains. This is being done in collaboration with the DRC Government (at national and local level) and cooperating partners, including national and international humanitarian organizations.

The pilot phase started in Kabalo in Tanganyika province and Bikoro and Ingende in Equateur province in 2009. The second phase of the project started in 2016 thanks to funding from the Kingdom of Sweden with the aim to both consolidate the initiative in Kabalo and extend it to new geographic areas (Nyunzu) in the same province.

In addition, new project components were included based on lessons learnt and needs identified such as social cohesion, gender equality and peace building, road rehabilitation with social transfer or access to credit.