Democratic Republic of Congo

Despite its natural resources and agricultural potential, the Democratic Republic of Congo has major food insecurity. Many villages in the east of the country have been pushed into deep poverty and torn by the years of war violence. In the cases of unrest, the cattle are often looted first and, moreover, the inhabitants have to flee regularly. Of course, that does not help to create a flourishing agriculture.

 

How we help

  • We donate rabbits to vulnerable families in East Congo. Small livestock does not need much space and can easily be safeguarded if there is looting. The animals breed very quickly, are an excellent source of protein and can easily be exchanged or sold.
  • We invest in little vegetable gardens. While doing so, we include and help the most vulnerable populations in Congolese society, such as widows and orphans, war victims and people who are infected with the HIV virus.
  • Through internships and training we strengthen the capacities of community animal health workers so they can prevent diseases in small livestock.
  • In the turbulent region, we encourage good governance by cooperating with local authorities, civil society organizations and the private sector.

Local partner

Réseau WIMA: fights as a network of 32 local development actors against hunger. In the province of North Kivu they put food security, gender equality and agro-pastoralism on the map.

Contact

Florent Kasula
Country representative DRC (Butembo)
rdcongo@vsf-belgium.org

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