Hunger in the news

20 July 2010

Eastern Chad is well known as one of the most challenging settings for emergency relief in the world due to the spillover from Sudan’s Darfur conflict and internal strife, but far less attention is being focused on western regions where 1.6 million people are facing crop failure and food shortages ahead of the October harvest, according to WFP and the government.

7 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.

26 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.

10 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.

8 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.

22 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.”

6 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.