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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Africa's second largest country and has a population of nearly 70 million people. Due to its rich and fertile soil agriculture is the primary rural economic activity. However, the nation has a food production deficit estimated at 30-40 percent. Seventy percent of the population lives below the poverty line and lacks access to adequate food. Although rich in natural resources, including minerals and the world's second largest rainforest, DRC ranks second to last out of 187 countries on the 2014 UNDP Human Development Index. Health and nutrition indicators highlight other areas of concern. The national global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate is 8 percent, with ten territories having GAM rates above the emergency threshold of 15 percent. Chronic malnutrition (stunting) is very high and stands at 43 percent. Nearly 1 million children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition (wasting) and 6 million children suffer from chronic malnutrition (stunting) according to the May 2014 Demographic and Health Survey. A total of some 7 million people in DRC are food insecure. Life expectancy is an average of 50 years, thereby ranking among the countries with the lowest life expectancy rate globally.
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