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With the hunger crisis in the conflict-ridden Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rapidly deepening, 3.2 million people – one quarter of the population – do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

In the worst-off communities, nine out of ten people are food insecure – one in two severely so.  Global Acute Malnutrition rates in children under 5 have reached 14 percent, well above the 10 percent emergency threshold.

Since conflict erupted in August 2016, an estimated 1.4 million people have been displaced within the region or have fled to neighbouring Angola.

Most internally displaced families have now missed two consecutive planting seasons. Many of the most vulnerable now eat little more than a meal a day – typically just cassava root and leaves – that is lacking in protein, vitamins and minerals. Survival measures adopted by the displaced include begging, prostitution and the eating of seeds that should be planted.

3.2 million
people are severely food insecure
14 %
Global Acute Malnutrition rate
US$ 135 million
is needed to provide assistance through mid-2018

What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the emergency in Kasai

  • Food assistance

    WFP is providing full-ration food distributions (cereal, pulses, vegetable oil and salt) to priority families, identified as particularly vulnerable.

  • Nutrition

    To prevent malnutrition in young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers WFP is distributing specialized nutritious foods.

How you can help

Please donate today and help life-saving food reach those families who need it the most.