The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources. Yet there is considerable poverty in the society. Moreover, bad governance and strife have rendered the social and political situation highly unstable. The crime rate is high and violence against women is rife. Land conflicts lead repeatedly to violence and ethnic tensions. HEKS/EPER is playing a part in conflict prevention and resolution and assists farming families in securing their right to own land and in boosting agricultural output.
Armed conflict has been raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for over 20 years now. The poor security situation has led to a severe and protracted humanitarian crisis. Displacements and the destruction of property and infrastructure have left the majority of the 89 million Congolese living under the direst of conditions. Refugee movements and violence have also destroyed social networks. HEKS/EPER is providing emergency aid in the especially hard-hit province of North Kivu.
The eastern Congo is still marked by poverty and armed conflicts. In 2020 HEKS/EPER assisted some 600 000 badly affected people in remote areas by providing agricultural equipment, seeds, cash programmes and help in the building of sanitary facilities. HEKS/EPER also cooperated with 800 residents to secure 209 hectares of land, provided continuing education and training in land law issues for 9500 people and promoted agro-ecological production and market access for 3260 farming families.