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In Chad, Caritas is focusing on the food needs of vulnerable populations through food distribution as well as activities to build agricultural sustainability through the provision of seeds, veterinary inputs and technical support in agricultural production. Credits: Lisa Krebs/Caritas Switzerland

In Chad, Caritas is focusing on the food needs of vulnerable populations through food distribution as well as activities to build agricultural sustainability through the provision of seeds, veterinary inputs and technical support in agricultural production.
Credits: Lisa Krebs/Caritas Switzerland

West Africa’s Sahel region faced devastating hunger in 2012 after drought left a huge swathe of countries short of food.

Chad was one of the worst affected countries, with poor rainfall last year hurting farmers and animal herders the most. Then locusts and severe flooding added to the misery.

In Chad, Caritas is focusing on the food needs of vulnerable populations through food distribution as well as activities to build agricultural sustainability through the provision of seeds, veterinary inputs and technical support in agricultural production.

With the support of Caritas members around the world, Caritas Switzerland has been working with Caritas Chad and a local partner ACORD to support farmers during the agricultural year, improving yields to avoid a vicious cycle of famine.

Caritas will help over 100,000 people with seeds and activities aimed at improving the resilience of farmers’ livelihoods throughout the year.

Read these stories from by Lisa Krebs on the difference that support has made.


Tide turns in Kreghané, Chad
khregane1In June, the tide turned. The local Caritas organisation Aura, a partner organisation of Caritas Switzerland, became aware of the farmers difficult situation in Kreghané.

The women’s committee of Hadj al-Dérib in Chad
committeechadwomen1It is only natural that the women work together in the field in Hadj al-Dérib. All 120 women of the village are members of a committee, which takes care of the cultivation of various crops as well as the granary and the mill.

New challenges for the people of Lake Chad
balama1For a few years, the residents of Balama cannot meet their own needs. Last year was a particularly difficult year.
Gaba’s fields: drought relief in Chad
gabachad1For five years, Gaba Goundoukou has been a member of Aura, a partner organisation of Caritas Switzerland in Chad.