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Chad

 Chad between emergency and development, amidst underdevelopment, chronic poverty and chronic shocks

Chad still suffers from chronic crisis in all sectors that remain forgotten despite a continuous humanitarian commitment in the country. Since ACTED started its operations in Chad in 2004, a continued humanitarian response has been provided by the team to people affected by security and food crises, through an integrated approach combining emergency, resilience and development projects, from the Lake Chad region to the Sahelian Belt.

Food insecurity, population displacements and health emergencies, further exacerbated by climate risks and a low human development, leave some two thirds of the Chadian population in a situation of chronical or acute vulnerability. In 2016, over 4.7 million people required some form of humanitarian assistance, as well as support in strengthening their livelihoods. From emergency assistance to development, ACTED’s support enables populations to improve their food and nutrition situation. ACTED also reinforces their resilience capacities and supports civil society and local authorities in coping with disasters.

A crucial emergency response to tackle food insecurity, from the Lake Chad region to the Sahelian Belt

ACTED implements projects aiming at reinforcing the food and nutrition security of crisis-affected populations, particularly during the lean season. ACTED contributes to improving food and nutrition through food and food supplements distributions, and through the organisation of food fairs. To increase their impact, these interventions are complemented by awareness campaigns for the most vulnerable to prevent malnutrition and promote best food and hygiene practices.

Strengthening resilience capacities, empowering populations

Beyond emergency interventions, enhancing resilience is crucial to empower populations and reduce dependency on humanitarian aid. Therefore, ACTED implements long-term agricultural activities such as market gardening and farming activities for livestock. ACTED also encourages local populations to participate in the implementation of these activities through the creation of committees and through the “CLTS” (“community-led total sanitation”) approach. ACTED also develops income generating activities to enable the most deprived populations to meet their own needs by ensuring their access to stable and sustainable income. Furthermore, ACTED supports local government authorities through a community-based early warning and emergency response system (“SCAP-RU”). This reporting system contributes to reducing disaster risks, and to enhancing the capacities of local government authorities to cope with disasters.

 

Partners in 2016 :

Ambassade de France au Tchad, Direction Générale pour la protection civile et les opérations d'aide humanitaire européennes de la Commission européenne (ECHO), EuropeAid, Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM)

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