Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada is supporting the Ministry of the Churches for Refugees and Emergencies with a twelve-month humanitarian response project in the Kibati Camp, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The DRC is the largest hunger emergency in the world with over 27 million people experiencing food insecurity and it also hosts one of the largest displaced populations in the world – the majority in the east of the country.
Food insecurity is also worsening in the province. There are 3.9 million people in IPC Phase 3 or higher in North Kivu representing 45% of the population of the province. Acute food insecurity is also likely to remain high in this area as it is home to large numbers of people in emergency (IPC Phase 4) and the continuation of conflict.
ECC-MERU will provide six monthly food baskets transfers to 573 households (3,085 individuals). 393 of these households were displaced as a result of the volcanic eruption in 2021 and 180 households were displaced as a result of on-going conflict.
The monthly food basket will consist of 50 kgs of maize, 20 kgs of beans, 5 litres of cooking oil, 1 kg of salt, 5 kg of soy flour and 5 kg of sugar. A total of 295.67 mt of food will be provided over the six-month project. The in-kind food assistance activities will be accompanied by twelve months of support on village savings and loans activities.