#COVID19: Chad To Evaluate Impact Of Pandemic On Food Security

The workshop will help Chad to analyse the impact of the pandemic and other factors on food production.

A workshop to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other shocks on food security and sources of living in rural areas opened in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The workshop brings together experts from the Ministry of Agricultural Development, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and civil society organisations.

The workshop will also validate the results of an investigation carried out between June 19 and July 5, 2021 in 10 provinces of Chad on the food situation linked to COVID-19 and other shocks such as drought, floods, and other enemies to farming.

According to Mahamat Al Amine Alhabo, national coordinator of the information system on food security and early alert popularly known by the French acronym SIAAP, the final results of this study would permit the “finding of answers on impacts of the present crises in general and those linked to COVID-19 in particular.”

Food insecurity in Chad is linked to socio-economic factors and to an inappropriate agricultural policy which manifests by a lack of means of production and insufficient agricultural inputs. The insecurity has strongly been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced the government to impose restrictive measures aimed at curtailing the propagation of the coronavirus.

This workshop is expected to promote discussion on different points of inquiries and to formulate observations and recommendations to ameliorate the second phase of the investigation, Marc Mankoussou, the FAO Representative in Chad, revealed.

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