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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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30 August 2018

WFP launches emergency food aid to Ebola victims in Democratic Republic of Congo

GOMA – In partnership with the international relief agency, Caritas, WFP has started distributing food to patients and other people directly affected by the outbreak of Ebola virus in the North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

7 June 2018

WFP launches food assistance for Ebola-affected people in Democratic Republic of Congo

MBANDAKA - Distributions of World Food Programme rations have begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s Ebola-hit Equateur Province as part of an effort to support those directly affected by the latest outbreak of the deadly virus and limit risky population movements.

19 April 2018

Germany supports smallholder farmers to restore their livelihoods and strengthen stabilization in post-conflict areas of eastern DR Congo

Bukavu – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are launching an innovative joint project to rebuild livelihoods shattered by conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by empowering women, supporting farmers and helping build peace between communities – all thanks to a €35 million contribution from the German people.

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16 February 2018

WFP Broadens Operation to Stem Severe Hunger In Democratic Republic Of Congo's Kasai Region

KINSHASA – In the face of escalating violence, daunting logistical challenges and insufficient funding, the United Nations World Food Programme is energizing two key elements of its emergency operation to prevent famine in war-ravaged Kasai: cash distributions to the most vulnerable and specialist support to check acute malnutrition in women and young children.

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.

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