WFP's core project is a relief operation (July 2007-December 2012) which targets people caught up in the armed conflict. For 2011, through this project, WFP plans to deliver food to 4,4 million food insecure people in DRC (cost for 2011 : US$323 million). An emergency operation is also ongoing in Haut-Uele, in the North-East of the country to reach 377,000 people displaced by Lord Resistance Army's attacks. As Cluster lead for logistics, WFP is also helping other UN agencies and NGOs to transport humanitarian supplies to remote areas.
A humanitarian air has also been operational since May 2009, the United Nations humanitarian Air service (UNHAS) provides transport for aid workers . The service is crucial to the provision of an effective response to humanitarian challenges in the DRC.
WFP is working to connect farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to markets through the Purchase for Progress initiative. Learn more
Activities under the relief operation are :
-Nutrition: to contribute to improving the nutritional status of groups identified as severely or moderately at risk, through interventions such as therapeutic and supplementary feeding centres, mother and child health programmes and school-feeding.
-Assistance to the internally displaced, refugees and returnees.
Vulnerable group feeding (VGF): Assistance to vulnerable groups among the affected population (the elderly, orphans and the chronically sick).
-Health: support to people affected by HIV/Aids.
-Food-for-work (FFW) and food-for-training (FFT): rehabilitation of rural infrastructure such as roads, schools and other public buildings. Capacity building for women farmers’ groups.
-Support to demobilisation of child soldiers and adult combatants with their families. Particular attention is given to women, many of whom have been victims of sexual violence perpetrated by armed bands.
WFP has also developped a Cash and Vouchers project in DRC. Learn more.