« Caritas Norway » supports 2. 260 households in Kongo Central in family agricultural production


Kinshasa, December 5th, 2021 (CPA). – “Caritas Norway” has been supporting since 2018, with the financial support of the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation (NORAD), 2,260 households and 3,390 agricultural workers (family producers), including 51 % of women, from the Territory of Kasangulu to Kongo Central, in family agricultural production to contribute to increasing the food security of the communities, the PCA of the communication unit of « Caritas Congo » learned on Saturday. According to the source, with the 2,260 peasant households supported, the action of this program affects approximately 28.1% of the total of families in the area visited, made up of 8,071 households, or 32,286 people, adding that this support which is carried out within 40 Village Development Committees (CDV) and 4 Federations, in four axes, namely: Kinsiona, Mvululu, Banna and Ntampa, is part of the Food Security Support Program and Economic Capacity Building rural households, in other words “PQ SECAL II”. To realize the effectiveness of the project on the ground, the Norwegian ambassador in the DRC, Jon-Åge Øyslebø and his deputy in charge of development, Knut Arne Oseid as well as the director of the international department of “Caritas Norway”, Marit Sørheim, and the advisor for the DRC to “Caritas Norway”, Heidi Solheim Nordbeckc, made a field visit to the Territory of Kasangulu on Saturday November 27th, 2021. This delegation was led by the Executive Secretary of the “ Caritas Congo Asbl ”, Boniface Deagbo, to his diocesan structure, Caritas-Développement-santé Kisantu, which is implementing a food security project supported by Norway. Pleased with the results, the Norwegian Ambassador said it is encouraging to report that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains a priority country for both « Caritas Norway » and the Norwegian government. “The DRC has just been added as the 17th priority country for Norwegian development assistance. And without Partners like Caritas, we would never have achieved the result we were looking for, ”added the Norwegian diplomat. « Caritas Congo Asbl », for its part, praised the financial support obtained from the Government of Norway / NORAD, via « Caritas Norway » and its positive impact. “The Norwegian ambassador’s field visit to the DRC is eloquent proof of this partnership for the benefit of the Congolese people. These efforts deserve to be supported, on the side of the public authority, in particular by an appropriate response to the challenge of sustainable access, which is still difficult to cultivate land, as peasant households have had to face ”, indicated this structure. The « PQ SECAL II » Program which is implemented in the provinces of North Kivu, Maniema, Kongo Central and Tanganyika in favor of 7,200 households, is financed by the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation (NORAD), through the « Caritas Norway », with an envelope of 25,983,583 Norwegian crowns, or approximately 2.5 million Euros, for a period of 4 years (2018-2021), it is recalled.