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Congo Food Crisis Worsens

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She said WFP had announced last year that it was aiming to reach 4.2 million food-insecure people across the DRC between July 2013 and December 2015, but the shortage of funds had already caused reductions in rations and a scaling back of some operations during recent months.


In December 2013, WFP assisted 1.5 million food-insecure people in the DRC, including IDPs, refugees, children and women.


Yet the agency estimates that some 11 per cent of the rural population in the DRC is food-insecure.


As such, Ms. Byrs said, WFP needs 15,000 tons of food for the next six months, but will be unable to provide that food without the actual funding.


WFP urgently requires $48.5 million for its operations to assist hundreds of thousands of conflict-affected and food-insecure people through August, she said, adding that so far, the agency has only received $8 million – about 4 per cent – of what it required.


She stressed that the situation in Katanga province was deteriorating and underlined that WFP was “extremely preoccupied” by the arrival of refugees from strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR).


The agency was also very concerned about chronic malnutrition, which affects more than 43 per cent of the children in the DRC.

(UN)

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