Mennonite Central Committee is supporting Oasis with a two-year integrated food assistance and agriculture and livelihoods project in Fizi Territory, South Kivu Province, DR Congo.
It is estimated that over 13 million people will or are currently experiencing severe food insecurity. This is a result of conflict, insecurity and drought that has persisted over multiple years and forced many households to flee to Fizi Territory (internally displaced people). This large population has made host households vulnerable to food insecurity as well.
Additionally, COVID-19 has further strained food supply, making it difficult for households to afford or access supplies in market places. In response this project will provide monthly unconditional food baskets to households for five months in the first phase of the project. This will help meet immediate food needs and reduce negative coping strategies.
Additionally, the project will provide agricultural support over the two years to build household food stores in the long-term. This will include providing land to internally displaced people who are landless, providing seed and tools, and providing training on kitchen gardening.
The project will work with 325 households (approximately 2,800 individuals).