The Global Health unit of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is helping farmers in the East Congo Conference improve agricultural production.
The mission agency has provided a grant to support a food security project implemented by the Tunda Foundation to help fight malnutrition in the area. The Tunda Foundation is a nonprofit that was founded in 2004 by United Methodist Chief Prosper Tunda, whose family welcomed the first Methodist missionaries to the area in 1922.
The 12-month project was launched in September and targets United Methodists from 10 local churches in the Kibombo district, with 200 households participating.
Kibombo is a large town in the province of Maniema with a population of more than 200,000. Accessible by rail and road, it is 72 miles from Kindu, the capital of Maniema.
According to the most recent Demographic and Health Surveys report (2013-14 edition), 12.4 percent of the people living in Kibombo are considered malnourished, with 5.1 percent of those suffering from severe acute malnutrition.