The Republic of Korea strengthens community resilience to climate change in Chad as the country faces unprecedented floods
N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Chad has received a contribution of US$ 5 million from the Republic of Korea to strengthen 3,400 vulnerable households’ resilience to climate change through the development and rehabilitation of water harvesting and management infrastructures for climate resilient livelihoods.
The project will target 17,000 individuals with a mix of refugees and host communities, women-headed households, and unemployed youth in the Provinces of Sila and Ouaddai to create productive household and community owned assets such as dykes, ponds, and dams that collect water from external micro or macro-catchments for irrigation, domestic and livestock uses.
This contribution from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is timely as the country is heavily hit by torrential rains and the subsequent overflow of the Logone and Chari rivers’ levels since July 2022. It is the worst flooding Chad has experienced in three decades, with over 1.2 million people that have been directly affected in 19 of the 23 Chadian provinces. WFP emergency food assistance response targets 300,000 people and WFP has so far reached a total of 160,000 flood-affected people.
“Reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience is one of the most important strategic considerations of the Korean Government towards Chad. Within this strategy, KOICA Cameroon is pleased to begin a new partnership with WFP Chad. The Korea Government through KOICA aims to contribute to increasing community resilience through this partnership, and will continue to provide the necessary support for Chad to change and grow into a more resilient society, “ said Gyuhong Lee, the Country Director of KOICA Cameroon.
The Korean support will provide alternative livelihoods to targeted beneficiaries to improve their food and nutrition security thus reducing their dependency on humanitarian assistance, improving social cohesion, and contributing to reduce conflicts between communities.
“WFP is highly grateful to the Government of the Republic of Korea for this generous contribution coming at a crucial time when we are working with the Government of Chad and communities to help them build longer term solutions to the recurring food and nutrition insecurity,” said Pierre Honnorat, WFP’s Representative and Country Director in Chad.
Though the flooding has since abated, many affected households are facing protracted displacement due to the loss of their homes, property, and livelihoods.
This Korean contribution will help WFP in scaling up its integrated resilience program while providing opportunities for refugees and host communities to enhance their access to land, water, and other resources to support their livelihoods and self-reliance. WFP Chad works to strengthen the resilience of communities affected by disasters such as climate change and conflicts. In 2022, 400,000 people benefitted from WFP integrated resilience package, and 175,000 of asset creation activities for land rehabilitation.
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