CONGO, DEMOCATIC REPUBLIC OF

Congo, Democratic Republic ofMobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) was first used in the Nord-Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in February 2014. It has since expanded to include regions such as South Kivu, Tanganyika Province, and Grand Kasai as well as nation-wide data price collection in collaboration with the Cellule d’Analyses des Indicateurs de Développement (CAID).

 
 

Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) expanded to nation-wide market data collection in May 2016 when the Cellule d'Analyses des Indicateurs de Développement (CAID) of the Prime Minister's Office of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in partnership with WFP, launched a national phone-based food security monitoring system, mKengela. Bi-weekly calls are placed by operators to market traders in DRC's 145 territories to collect information on food prices of basic commodities. In addition to market monitoring, mKengela is piloting a household food consumption and coping strategy survey at the provincial level.

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Following an uptick of violence in the Grand Kasai Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), WFP started monitoring household food security using the mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) approach in May 2017. An external call center collects information on coping strategies and food consumption at the household level.

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Since February 2014, the WFP Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Area Office has been collecting monthly household food security data through live calls placed by operators to households within the Mugunga III Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Goma, North Kivu Province in Eastern DRC. Remote data collection has since expanded to additional IDP camps and hot spot areas affected by insecurity and rapid population movements.

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Starting in March 2017, data on food consumption and coping strategies is collected regularly in a refugee camp in Lusenda, South Kivu Province. Information on food prices and food availability is also collected from surrounding markets.

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In August 2017, mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) was launched in Tanganyika to monitor the food security levels in a camp hosting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kalunga. Survey respondents are reached through live calls made by in-house operators.

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