13.1 million people severely food insecure (draft 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan [HRP])
50-75% of families rely on subsistence agriculture for their food and income
3 million people displaced USD
50 million still needed for 2018 under the 2017-2019 HRP
According to preliminary results of the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis (August 2018), the number of people severely food insecure (IPC Phases 3 and 4) has nearly doubled compared with the previous analysis ‒ from 7.7 to 13.1 million people (23 percent of the rural population). The areas in IPC Phase 3 (crisis) and 4 (emergency) are mainly in the eastern provinces and in the Kasai region.
There are 2.2 million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In addition to 536 000 refugees, a significant proportion of the population has been affected by forced displacements in the country, including 2.4 million people internally displaced, 1.8 million returnees and 476 000 host communities.
FAO and WFP have been working closely together in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than ten years now. Since January 2018, a joint FAO/WFP Resilience Unit has been developed to strengthen the resilience and livelihood of rural populations.
The projects are all multi-year, multi-dimensional that focus on strengthening simultaneously economic, social, technical and financial capacities to enhance resilience. To date, 380 000 people have been assisted in the provinces of Tanganyika and North and South Kivu.
The agricultural season from September to December 2018 will have a major impact on food availability during the first half of 2019.
FAO urgently requires USD 20 million to support families in the eastern provinces and greater Kasai region during this period and for the next planting season starting in March, particularly in areas of displacement and return, where populations are most in need of food.