Chadian National Committee On Food Security Raises Alarm On Looming Food Crisis

Seventeen of Chad’s 23 provinces are facing serious food insecurity, according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

Following low harvests in 2021 in Chad, the country’s National Committee for Food Security and Management of Crises is mobilising to ensure an appropriate response to the famine that looms on the horizon.

The World Food Programme (WFP) had at the beginning of this year alerted the Chadian authorities of the famine threat and on May 11, 2022.

The country’s Prime Minister, Pahimi Padacke Albert, who doubles as president of the National Committee for Food Security and Management of Crises confirmed the impending famine during a meeting to look into the current food situation in the country.

“We are entering an extremely sensitive phase for the Chadian population. This phase calls for pragmatism in terms of food assistance to the populations,” the Prime Minister said during the meeting, adding that this sensitive phase is naturally caused by the bad agricultural harvests and inflation caused by the Ukrainian war.

The Prime Minister, who said he had to be honest with his compatriots, said the period between May and August will be particularly difficult for households because the country had registered a marked drop in agricultural production.

“This drop in production is marked by the fact that in the Lake province where farmers who harvested five tons of food per hectare today find themselves harvesting but one ton per hectare,” the vice president of the platform for meeting of rural producers, Brahim Wolly Kaila said. 

In response to this threat, the National Committee for Food Security and Management of Crises deliberated on four axis namely, food assistance to the populations during this rainy season, support to the existing means through pastoral kits, prevention, taking charge of children, pregnant and nursing women as well as support to the pastoral situation through complementary food supplies.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) had warned that 17 of Chad’s 23 provinces are in a preoccupying nutritional situation.

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