By Lisa Krebs
For five years, Gaba Goundoukou has been a member of Aura, a partner organisation of Caritas Switzerland in Chad. Gaba is an educated farmer and works in 20 villages in the region Guéra, located in the east of the country. Gaba is responsible for the implementation of various activities of Aura for rural development, in collaboration with the villagers.
This year Gaba is fully engaged with the emergency assistance project of Caritas Switzerland and UNAD (Caritas Chad) that helps people from several regions of Chad who are severely affected by the drought. Help is mainly provided in form of food and new seeds.
From the beginning of the project, Gaba took on an important role: he was responsible for determining which families could benefit from the emergency assistance project. In order to make a fair selection, Gaba visited every household in “his” villages and completed a questionnaire with the […]
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 […]
The floods in Chad have caused at least 13 deaths, affected 445,725 people and inundated about 255,720 hectares of cropland, according to a 3 September update by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Some 73,412 houses have been destroyed. The floods come as Chad still grapples with lack of food caused by drought conditions over the last 12 months. Bishop Miguel A. Sebastián of Laï(Chad) sent us this letter (in French) about the flooding in his country. Je m’occupe et me préoccupe dernièrement c’est la situation qui prévaut sur une grande partie de notre région, la Tandjilé. Si l’an dernier il n’y a pas eu assez de pluie, cette année en a eu de trop. La pluie tombe avec abondance, tellement que les fleuves et rivières de notre région ont débordé, chose inouïe ; beaucoup de personnes assez âgées nous disent qu’ils n’ont jamais vu cela ! Cela est […]
By Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Head of Caritas Internationalis Delegation to the UN in Geneva On 02 July 2012, Floriana Polito and I had the pleasure of convening some influential figures in the fight against hunger and poverty. Caritas Internationalis, together with Oxfam, held an important side event focused on human rights in the context of the food crisis in the Sahel region of Africa; it was held at the Palais des Nations in conjunction with the 20th Session of the UN Human Rights.
À l’est du Tchad, des milliers de réfugiés soudanais et de Tchadiens se battent pour survivre, aux côtés du Secadev (Secours Catholique et Développement – Caritas N’Djamena). Les résultats obtenus pour tendre le filet de sécurité alimentaire, tout en protégeant l’environnement, sont encourageants.
Les impulsions données par notre partenaire sont déterminantes pour le proche avenir de civils en péril depuis huit ans, sur fond d’impasse politique. Le projet qu’il porte depuis 2009 comporte trois axes principaux : agriculture, élevage et environnement.
Agriculture : priorité à l’accès aux terres cultivables, à l’approvisionnement en semences et en outils, aux formations techniques, à l’installation de greniers communautaires.
Élevage : priorité à la vaccination du bétail, à la formation des éleveurs aux techniques d’alimentation de celui-ci et à celle des auxiliaires.
Environnement : reboisement, création de comités spécialisés dans les villages, distribution de foyers améliorés métalliques, emploi de déchets organiques pour éviter de consommer du bois…
Les paysans […]
Après la Corne de l’Afrique, c’est la région du Sahel qui est à nouveau confrontée à une crise alimentaire croissante. En 2010, 10 millions de personnes avaient déjà été affectées par une grave crise alimentaire. Cette année, on note des baisses importantes des productions agropastorales dans certaines zones du Sahel. Alors que les prix alimentaires sont élevés, cette situation compromet fortement l’accès à la nourriture des ménages les plus pauvres.
Caritas Internationalis suit de près la situation avec le Groupe de Travail sur le Sahel. L’objectif est d’établir une stratégie commune d’intervention susceptible d’orienter le travail de tous les membres de la confédération impliqués dans la région.
Des évaluations approfondies des besoins sont en cours dans les différents pays de la région. Caritas Internationalis est en communication constante avec Caritas Niger, Caritas Mali et Caritas Burkina Faso les trois pays les plus exposés à la crise. Le travail a donc déjà […]
Granite hills mark the horizon. The ground is carpeted with rocks. Apart from the dried up river beds (ouaddis) there is nowhere for vegetation to grow. Thorny shrubs are the only desert plant life. Nature is hostile in Eastern Chad.
“Annual rainfall normally varies from 300 to 500 mm,” said Adoumadji, an agricultural technician working for SECADEV (Caritas Chad). “Less than 300 mm of rain fell last season. Crops dried up before they could yield anything.”
Yassine Ibrahim harvested less than four sacks of millet this season, compared to previous years when he produced 23 sacks. “The little harvest I have got is finished and I am obliged to sell my cattle to feed my family,”he said.
Extra demand means prices for cereals have risen so high they are unaffordable for most people. SECADEV supports community granaries in twenty villages. Residents share the food when prices are peaking, then top up the […]
Food emergencies are not inevitable in the Sahel according to Caritas. The region and the international community need to show greater political will to fight the problems.
“The recurrent food crises are essentially a political problem, worsened of course by droughts and difficult natural conditions “, said Fr. Ambroise Tine, Secretary General of Caritas Senegal.
The Sahel could face a devastating food crisis this year. Millions are at risk of famine and malnutrition in West Africa, especially in Niger, Chad, northern Burkina Faso and northern Nigeria.
Experts believe that the coming emergency could be particularly serious, mostly because of the bad harvest and floods in several countries last year.
“The governments of the Sahel countries are not doing enough to fight the problems, especially the lack of water supply and price speculations on the markets. Competition caused by massive agriculture subsidies in developed countries only worsens our problems”, said Fr. Tine.
At the end […]
By Antoine Adoum Goulgué, SECADEV for Caritas
The Al-Nadjah centre is a handsome building in the Chadian town of Adré, about 5 km from the border with Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.
With finanancial and technical support from Caritas, the centre provides training for local women, a nursery school, and a playground.
The 235 beneficiaries in Al-Nadjah Centre are women, with a special focus on unmarried mothers and girls withdrawn from school.
Young mothers are often abandoned by their families and by the father if their child is born outside of marriage. Caritas provides them with support through the centre.
Traditional beliefs force girls to abandon schooling as soon as they reach age of puberty (from 10 to 12 years old). Lacking opportunities provided by schooling, these girls go to the centre in order to learn knitting and food production.
But the centre also helps any woman who faces the challenges of providing for her family […]
By Caritas staff
Although some calm has returned to eastern Chad after violence earlier in the year, Caritas staff and the people face hard times
In eastern Chad, there are more than 240,000 Sudanese refugees from the conflict in Darfur.
Fears of fresh fighting are at the forefront of people’s concerns. An attack of the Chadian rebels supported before the rainy season or an upsurge of violence in Darfur could generate new arrivals of refugees, internal displacements or have an impact on the humanitarian activities because of an increased insecurity.
In order to cope with any situation, Caritas is preparing to reactivate contingency plans to face possible new displacements.
The security situation is bad. In eastern Chad, humanitarian transportation is dangerous. Though they are protected by police in the camps, humanitarian organisations often have to face car-jacking on the roads.
In May 2008, Pascal Marlinge, Head of Mission of Save the Children was killed by […]