Reference : V-P-CG-E-00087
Date : 16/05/2011
Country/Region : CONGO
Caption : Impfondo. ICRC employees load a truck with cassava cuttings, agricultural equipment and fishing supplies for distribution to the local population in the Likouala district.
Photographer : TORGOVNIK, Jonathan
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : Getty Images/CICR
Description : An ICRC team travelled in a pirogue down the Oubangui river to distribute cassava cuttings, agricultural equipment and fishing supplies to prevent shortages of food, and to explain to the local population how to plant the cassava cuttings.They were part of a programme will benefit about 100,000 people in the Likouala district.

The programme aims to strengthen the economic capacity of the resident population of Likouala and prevent shortages of essential commodities, such as cassava and fish.

Together with volunteers from the Congolese Red Cross, the ICRC assists families in five districts of the country. Besides fishing equipment, families receive cassava cuttings resistant to mosaic disease, which is caused by a virus and highly destructive.

Access to the Likouala region is difficult, and the ICRC will use barges, boats, and trucks to distribute these relief supplies.

In October 2009, armed violence in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo forced people to flee to the Likouala district across the border. Government officials estimate that roughly 115,000 people have crossed the Oubangui in search of refuge.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour