The latest Integrated Food Security Phase (IPC - an innovative multi-partner initiative for improving food security and nutrition analysis and decision-making made up of Governments, UN Agencies, NGOs, civil society and other relevant actors) analysis found that between January and June 2023 in the Democratic Republic of Congo 25.8 million people continue to face crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity.
The most determining factors are:
- Conflicts and insecurity – the intensification of armed conflicts continues to cause the massive displacement of the population. 2.3 million displaced people have to leave their livelihood to escape the war that limits their possibility to access to food;
- Prices increase – since July 2022 food prices keep on growing. In particular the price of corn and beans remain superior compared to the seasonal average and the purchasing power of the local population remains low;
- Humanitarian assistance – the prolonged nature of the current crises in the DRC and the emergence of new crises (in Sudan and Ukraine) could exacerbate the already precarious situation of households in need of food assistance;
- Agricultural production - Previous weather anomalies (mainly poor distribution of precipitation and excessive precipitation that cause floods) lead to the decrease of agricultural production. Ongoing conflicts also continue to prevent or reduce people’s access to production basins.
In this general context of the country, Aleimar and Amka continue to monitor the state of food safety and overall security of Katanga region, in particular in the areas of Mabaya and Sambwa, where our projects are developed. Our efforts in providing supplies of monthly protein-based food packages (milk and local food enriched by carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and of supplements of vitamins and minerals has never stopped. Next week our Aleimar Country Representative will take part in the periodic monitoring trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and – together with other Aleimar volunteers - they will deliver all the products to the local communities and evaluate the progress of the project.
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