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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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17 January 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo: UN Agencies in Urgent Bid to Prevent Famine in Kasai

KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

20 December 2017

FAO and WFP step up efforts to alleviate hunger in Greater Kasai

Belgian funding channelled through the UN bodies will benefit tens of thousands at risk in the Democratic Republic of Congo

7 December 2017

Kasai, DRC: millions at risk as funding dries up

KINSHASA – An acute hunger emergency in conflict-ravaged Greater Kasai could turn into a long-term disaster, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. While the agency has been working against the clock to help ever more people, the cash is quickly running out.

30 October 2017

Visiting WFP Chief warns of impending humanitarian disaster in Democratic Republic Of Congo’s Kasai

KINSHASA – A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the conflict-ravaged south-central Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations World Food Programme warned today as he wrapped up a four-day mission to the central African country that included a visit to Kasai. Some 3.2 million people in the region are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themselves and in need of assistance.

29 October 2017

Exclusive Telephone Briefing: Update on the Hunger Crisis in Kasai Region, DRC, by WFP’s Executive Director

Hunger is stalking the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ravaged Kasai region. One quarter of its population – more than three million people – are severely food insecure, with acute malnutrition well above the 10 percent emergency threshold in the worst-off communities

27 October 2017

WFP Executive Director Visits the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

KINSHASA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, arrived today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a four-day mission, amid a continuing deterioration of the country’s humanitarian situation.

16 August 2017

WFP begins food distributions for thousands displaced by conflict in Kasai region of DRC

 TSHILUMBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner World Vision have launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 food insecure people in the Kasai and Kasai Central provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Food assistance will be provided to people who have fled their villages due to conflict in the region.

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14 August 2017

Food insecurity soars in conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo

Around 7.7 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance, FAO and WFP warn 

7 July 2017

New Study Reveals Economic Toll Of Malnutrition In Democratic Republic Of Congo

KINSHASA – The economy of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is losing 1.637 billion Congolese francs, or more than a billion dollars a year, to the effects of child undernutrition. This is equivalent to as much as 4.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).*

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5 July 2017

Canada Provides CAD$50m For Unique 5-Year Integrated Resilience Program By UN Agencies

ROME – The United Nations’ food and agriculture agencies are embarking on an unprecedented joint programme to work with vulnerable communities in three crisis-prone areas over five years to meet their immediate food needs and boost their resilience, while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.

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