Assistance to Support Revival of Agriculture in the Democratic Republic of Congo

March 26, 2004

  1. On March 26 (Friday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,047,537.78 US dollars through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Reinforcement of food security and fight against malnutrition through the supply of agricultural inputs and the support to revival of agricultural activities through the training in vegetable material multiplication" to be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

  2. This program aims at enhancing the food productivity of vulnerable households including returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who suffer from food shortage caused by the long period of conflict. It is consistent with the idea of TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) process that places importance to support agricultural production and efforts for consolidation of peace. The activities included in this program are as follows:

    (a) Providing vulnerable households with seeds and small farming and vegetable gardening tools;
    (b) Providing technical support to nutritional centers through provision of nutritional training and vegetable gardening kits to families with ill-nourished children;
    (c) Training agro-multipliers to produce quality grain seeds, food crop seeds, and cassava cuttings in order to contribute to the revival of the agriculture sector;
    (d) Establishing stocks of breeding ducks in order to compensate for protein deficiency found among vulnerable households;
    (e) Establishing a community-based network for emergency purposes which ascertains the locations of vulnerable families in communities

  3. This project is expected to enhance the food security of vulnerable households through revitalizing agriculture in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

(Note)
Japan established the Trust Fund for Human Security in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999, with total contributions of 25.9 billion yen up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted numerous projects of UN agencies that address various threats against human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of Human Security.

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