Hunger is a huge issue in Chad. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing the following ten hunger facts:
1) Chad ranks 73rd out of 78 countries on the Global Hunger Index* and 184th out of 187 countries on the 2014 UNDP Human Development Index*.
2) 87 percent of Chad's rural population lives below the poverty line.
3) In 2015, more than 2.4 million rural Chadians have become food insecure, of which 428,000 people are classified as severely food insecure.
4) Farmers will face an unusually longer and leaner season this year in the Lac, Barh El Gazal and Kanem regions (February to September instead of the usual June to September period).
5) Highly unpredictable rains, periodic droughts, locust infestations and unsustainable farming practices negatively affect cereal production across the country.
6) To combat malnutrition, WFP is using a two-part approach that focuses on prevention during the first 1000 days window of opportunity by providing treatment to 200,000 children under five and to 20,000 pregnant and nursing women, who are suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.
7) 360,000 Sudanese refugees, 100,000 Central African Republic returnees and refugees, and 20,000 Nigerian refugees have fled their homes to Chad.
8) The combination of a lack of infrastructure, limited human resources, and food insecurity has hampered access to basic education in a country where only one-third of adults are literate and two-thirds of school-age children are enroled.
9) With a budget of 28 million dollars USD, 580,000 people will receive food assistance through food vouchers in 2015.
10) With four aircraft and 17 destinations, UNHAS’ operations in Chad are essential: from January – December 2014, it transported 45,600 humanitarian workers and carried out numerous medical evacuations.
Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.
* Measures the global fight against hunger
** The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index provdes an overview of overall human development.