CERF provides US$748,007 in response to locust outbreak in the Sahel
3 December 2012: In November, a desert-locust outbreak occurred in Chad’s north-east region, posing a significant threat to the country’s agricultural production. The winged-locust swarms originated in Libya and Algeria and spread to the Sahel region.
Chad’s agricultural situation is already fragile and is contributing to the current food and nutrition crisis.
An estimated 18.7 million people face food insecurity in the region, and more than 1 million children under age 5 are at risk of severe acute malnutrition. It is feared that the desert-locust outbreak will increase the food insecurity and malnutrition situation.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$748,007 to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help safeguard livelihoods and support food security through the implementation of survey-and-control operations.
CERF provides US$3.1 million for flood-affected people in Chad
5 November 2012: According to Government estimates, almost half a million people have been affected by the August 2012 flooding in Chad.
Thirty-four deaths were reported, 255,000 hectares of agricultural land were flooded, and thousands of people were displaced as homes, wells and other key infrastructure have been destroyed.
Damaged roads and swollen rivers that criss-cross the country have made access to affected areas extremely difficult.
On 5 October, the Government of Chad requested international support to respond to the floods.
CERF provides $2.9 million to reduce food insecurity and acute malnutrition among children under 5 in Chad
10 January 2012: The 2011 agricultural season in Chad was negatively affected by drought and pests attacks.
Food insecurity has been further exacerbated by the Libyan crisis in 2011 which caused the repatriation of more than 90,000 Chadians to the Sahel Region.
The sudden influx of thousands of people resulted in the loss of income for families already vulnerable due to limited food and economic means.
Considering weak 2011-2012 cereal production, the rise of market prices and the low level of cereal stocks, it is expected that food security will deteriorate rapidly in 2012.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF allocates $8 million for underfunded emergencies in Chad
Due to weak and erratic rainfall during 2011, farmer households in Chad have encountered significant crop shortages. Some 3.6 million people are currently threatened by food insecurity in the Sahel belt and other geographic pockets of the country
Compounding the drought and food insecurity affecting millions of people, following the 2011 crisis in Libya, some 90,000 Chadian migrants have returned from Libya to their places of origin, most of which are located in the Sahel region. This influx has placed a strain on the coping and livelihood capacity of communities already affected by food insecurity. Malnutrition remains a key humanitarian concern in the Sahel belt where the rate of acute malnutrition has remained above acceptable thresholds for many years. The United Nations estimates that the number of children between 6 to 59 months of age suffering from severe acute malnutrition and needing nutritional therapeutic care could reach 127,000 in 2012.