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    The Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is among the most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition and some of its territories are in Emergency (IPC Phase 4). In addition to conflict, food insecurity is caused by a decline in agricultural production due to fall armyworm (particularly in maize-growing areas), floods and insufficient rains, and limited access to land and inputs. Intercommunal rivalries between the Bantu and the Twa—sparked in 2014 during a struggle over natural resources—have worsened since 2016. Resulting armed conflicts have wiped out the few remaining social infrastructures, leading to a climate of terror and the displacement of more than 600 000 Bantu and Twa. Social cohesion, especially in the territories of Nyunzu and Kabalo, is under serious threat. Against this background, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched a joint programme in 2016 to boost agricultural production, strengthen livelihoods, promote access to basic markets and support the prospects for local peace. As agriculture employs over 70 percent of the country´s population, investments in agricultural livelihoods and food security provide the most promising foundation toward improving the lives of the poor. As part of this programme, FAO implemented the Dimitra Clubs, a gender-transformative approach toward empowerment and community mobilization, aimed at improving rural livelihoods and gender equality through collective action and self-help.
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    The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been facing chronic challenges linked to poverty, food insecurity, lack of access to basic services, armed conflict and insecurity, epidemics (cholera, Ebola virus disease [EVD], measles and malaria) and population displacement. Following the first reported case of COVID-19 in the country (March 2020), the Government declared a state of emergency and several urgent and essential measures were put in place, such as the closure of borders, the partial lockdown of Kinshasa with movement restrictions, and the closure of all schools. These restrictive measures were necessary but have affected a country that was already fragile, further exacerbating peoples’ vulnerabilities. In the framework of FAO’s Corporate COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme and the United Nations Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19, FAO has revised its humanitarian response for 2020 to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and address the needs of the most vulnerable households.
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    Marked by more than forty years of conflict, the province of Ituri, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has experienced massive population displacement and recurrent violence. The basic needs of the population, notably access to food and the practice of agriculture, have been seriously impacted, harming the quality of life and worsening food insecurity. The goal of the Data in Emergencies (DIEM) team at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was to assess the impact of decades of violence on agriculture , food security and livelihoods in Ituri, and to propose recommendations for programming. This document is a summary of the DIEM-Impact report carried out following the August 2023 assessment.

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