The Democratic Republic of Congo has the capacity to feed more than 2 billion people around the world. This was revealed by Alexis Bonte, representative of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) in the DRC, on October 12, at a press conference.
According to the representative of FAO, the calculation is simple: “Here, we have 80 million hectares that can be cultivated but only 10% is grown. And if we could grow these 80 million hectares, we could feed 2 billion people. Two billion people are all Africa, the United States, Europe and a few other countries. This means that with climate change, if other countries will have more problems like in the Sahel or Eastern Africa or Southern Africa, Congo, given its geographical position, will always be in position to be able to feed the rest of the world in case we can adapt well , “he said before adding that after Brazil, the DRC is the second country in terms of arable arable land.
This thesis contradicts a hard reality when we know that the DRC suffers from a serious problem of famine. ” Nearly 7.7 million people are facing extreme suffering related to hunger in the face of rising violence and displacement, 30 percent more than last year ,” the report said. FAO on the situation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo last August.
As a reminder, the FAO Representation in the DRC has put in place the Country Programming Framework (CPF) 2013-2017, which results from a consultation between the Government, civil society and the private sector. This strategic plan, which aims at strategic management, targets the main socio-economic development priorities in the key sectors of agriculture, animal production and fisheries, and the sustainable management of forest resources (fauna, flora, water resources). ).
The CPP takes up the relevant priorities of the national economic and social development programs, in particular the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and the National Agricultural Investment Plan (2013-2020). Aligned with the UN Development Assistance Framework, FAO regional and sub-regional priorities, the CPF is an FAO contribution to the implementation of these national development frameworks. It identifies the priority areas in which FAO has comparative advantages over other development partners.