The World Food Programme has scaled up cash assistance programmes in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, reeling under conflict and severe food shortage.
The agency provided 38,000 people with an equivalent of $15 for a month, under an initiative, launched last week.
“The nutrition and cash programmes are life-saving, and must quickly expand,” Claude Jibidar, WFP’s Representative in DRC, said. “We’re not doing nearly as much as we could in Kasai because the obstacles are huge…but unless we collectively rise to the challenges, many more people, including the weakest women and children, will die.”
About 3.2 million people, a quarter of the region’s population of mostly subsistence farmers, were desperately short of food, show estimates.