6 July 2010
A deepening food crisis in the eastern Sahel threatens half of Niger's 14 million people. The International Federation of the Red Cross says it needs an additional $3.3 million to provide much-needed assistance. (..) The Red Cross has been on the ground since March in the Tahoua, Diffa and Zinder provinces of southern Niger. Working with the U.N. World Food Program, the Red Cross says it has distributed food to more than 12,000 people and plans to reach another 100,000 by mid-July.
25 June 2010
In Chad, six out of 10 households are now affected by famine, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced in a statement here on Friday. The WFP said this followed an emergency review on food security, which targeted the people who are the most severely affected by drought in the Sahel regions in the western part of the country.
9 June 2010
The Chad government has lifted a ban on the export of fish from Lake Chad, acknowledging the damage done to the local fishing industry. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) launched an emergency operation in March to feed an estimated 737,000 people after a poor harvest across the country.
7 June 2010
BET, the acronym for the three northern regions of Chad – Borkou, Ennedi and Tibesti – comes up regularly in meetings of international aid agencies frustrated by the lack of information and difficulty of access to the remote territory. (..) The outgoing World Food Programme programme manager in Chad, Gon Myers, said the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance had curtailed support of school feeding programmes in the north. "The challenge ... is accessibility because of the landmines; we cannot invest in areas where we cannot visit schools." A visit in February 2010 to four school feeding programmes along the Sudan border in the northeast had required mine-resistant armoured vehicles from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and Chad.
31 May 2010
Because as Chad faces its worst food crisis in half-a-century, new oil money intended for agriculture, health and education has instead been diverted to the army, now one of sub-Saharan’s best equipped. (..) In November 2009, the UN World Food Programme warned of a food crisis, putting out out a figure that revealed that there had been a 34 per cent decrease in food production in 2009 from the previous year.
21 May 2010
Two million people in Chad will go hungry by June, the head of Oxfam GB’s mission in the country said yesterday, unless there is an immediate intervention by the international community. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said the malnutrition rate stands at 27 per cent in some areas. The benchmark for a crisis is 15 per cent, said Jean Luc Siblat, country director for the WFP in Chad. Severe malnutrition stands at 4.5 per cent, when the threshold is 1.5 per cent. “So we are at three times the rate, which is already alarming.”
5 May 2010
Chad must protect food convoys, aid workers and civilians if peacekeepers are withdrawn from the drought-hit country where up to 2.5 million people lack adequate nutrition, the World Food Programme said on Thursday. In a report that the United Nations Security Council will consider on Friday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommends that the council approve a one-year revised mandate for the force known as MINURCAT. The mission would wind down over that period and would, as of May 16 this year, hand to Chadian authorities its responsibility for protecting civilians.
9 April 2010
A South-South agreement was signed in Rome on 26 March which will see Vietnamese experts assist Chad in improving the country’s food security.(..)Jean-Luc Siblot, WFP Country Director in Chad, told MediaGlobal: "The current food security situation in Chad has been worsened by low and erratic rainfall during the 2009–2010 cropping season, followed [by] below average rainfall the year before. It was estimated in 2009 that the cereal deficit would be 35 percent below the five-year average. This has severely affected cereal production and the availability of pasture for livestock in the Sahelian belt of Chad."
25 March 2010
Malnutrition rates are increasing in western Chad's Kanem Region as the region is gripped by severe food shortages due to a lack of rain. Some 2 million people are now in need of food aid in Chad, most of them in the western region. The World Food Programme and FAO have responded to the immediate needs and are planning to distribute additional aid.
17 March 2010
Mao is a sand swept town in the Kanem region in the far west of Chad. It is the most desolate and powerfully beautiful place I have ever seen. (..)The numbers of starving children far exceed the capacity of Unicef's emergency feeding center. Cases of formula and life-saving nutrients are arriving, but many children are already too weak to swallow. The Chadian government must urgently take action, along with the World Food Program and other relief agencies before it is too late.
- Sahel food insecurity threatens 10 million people in 2013 Source: Reuters/AlertNet
- Sahel: Malnourished to remain above one million in 2013 Source: IRIN
- At meeting in Rome, UN officials stress link between food security and peace in Sahel Source: UN News Centre
- Building Resilience Key to Restoring Sahel Food Security Source: VOA News
- West Africa: After the drought, floods - and harvest worries Source: IRIN