The World Food Program (WFP) on Friday filed its application for funds to meet humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), where 15.6 million people would find themselves in a “food emergency”.
The UN estimates that four in ten people in the African country are in a food insecurity situation, and WFP representative Claude Jibidar has issued a statement warning that “many Congolese are on the edge of the abyss” and that an international community pitch needs to be taken in.
The organization has requested an additional $ 172 million to complete its emergency programs in the last six months of the year and help 8.6 million people, up from 6.9 million the WFP reached in 2019. Interventions to treat and prevent acute malnutrition affecting 3.4 million children are at risk.
Malnutrition is particularly felt in the east of the country, a violence-torn region where other emergencies such as an Ebola epidemic have emerged in recent months.
The general outlook for food is also not good as harvests are forecast to return below average in most parts of the country due to drought, floods and pests. In addition, farmers’ movements have been constrained by uncertainty and the coronavirus pandemic.