Chad: Adapting food aid to combat malnutrition

Published on 08 May 2009

While food aid is vital for tackling malnutrition, it cannot be the sole response when the condition is chronic as in Chad’s western Kanem region, where aid workers have developed a programme to meet both urgent needs and long-term food insecurity. Studies in Kanem by the World Food Programme (WFP) and NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF) in 2008 showed acute overall malnutrition levels of 20 percent and an under-five mortality rate of three per 10,000 per day – surpassing emergency thresholds.

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