UN food relief agency expands operations to stem hunger within Congo
19.02.2018 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
To prevent famine within the Kasai region (Congo), the World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping-up cash distributions to the most vulnerable, and specialist support to check acute malnutrition in women and young children, Ukrinform says referring to Claude Jibidar, WFP’s Representative in DRC, last week report.
It is to be admitted, the WFP has been urged to broaden its emergency operation in the war-ravaged Kasai region in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to escalating violence, daunting logistical challenges and insufficient funding.
«The nutrition and cash programmes are life-saving, and must quickly expand,» he said.
It is to be admitted, earlier, within the previous week, a cash initiative had been launched. It was a cost-efficient alternative to in-kind support that allowed beneficiaries to buy what they want in recovering local markets - 38,000 people had each received the equivalent of US$15 for a month, enough to meet their basic food needs with the intention to more than double that reach within the coming weeks.
Assessments showed that 3.2 million people, a quarter of the region population of mostly subsistence farmers, were desperately short of food.