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.
What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the emergency in Kasai
WFP is providing full-ration food distributions (cereal, pulses, vegetable oil and salt) to priority families, identified as particularly vulnerable.
To prevent malnutrition in young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers WFP is distributing specialized nutritious foods.