Chad, 22 November 2023 (TDI): The World Food Program (WFP) is facing a critical funding shortfall that threatens its ability to provide life-saving food assistance to 1.4 million crisis-affected people in Chad, including newly arrived Sudanese refugees.
The World Food Programme’s (WFP) dire funding shortfall in Chad poses an imminent threat to the lives of over 1.4 million people, including newly arrived Sudanese refugees.
The funding shortfall is due to a combination of factors, including the global economic downturn, the war in Ukraine, and the ongoing conflict in Sudan.
As a result, WFP has been forced to cut back on its operations in Chad, leaving many people without the food they need to survive. The agency is urgently appealing for $185 million to continue its operations over the next six months.
The situation in Chad is already dire. Millions of people are facing acute food insecurity, and malnutrition is widespread. The influx of Sudanese refugees has only exacerbated the problem.
The funding shortfall is not just a problem for WFP,it is a problem for Chad as a whole. The country is already struggling to cope with the influx of refugees, and the loss of WFP’s assistance will only make the situation worse.
Over 2.3 million Chadians, including 1.3 million children, are already facing severe hunger due to a combination of climate change, rising food and fuel costs, declining agricultural output, and escalating inter-communal tensions.
The country has taken in over a million refugees, forming one of the largest and most rapidly expanding refugee populations in Africa.
“The number of Darfuris who have fled to Chad in the past six months is staggering, exceeding the total number who fled in the previous 20 years. We cannot allow the world to stand by and let our life-saving operations in Chad come to a standstill,” stated Pierre Honnorat, WFP’s Country Director in Chad.