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In the past

Read more about FAO in emergencies and the crisis in the Lake Chad BasinFood insecurity regularly affects over 1 million people annually in the Niger due to recurrent shocks, which increases households’ vulnerability and weakens their resilience. As a result of the conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, the security situation in Diffa has aggravated the already precarious living conditions of vulnerable populations and caused the displacement of 302 000 people in the region.

Increasing agricultural production

Subsistence agriculture and pastoralism are the predominant economic activities occupying more than 80 percent of the workforce. Despite the encouraging preliminary results of the 2016/17 agricultural campaign, nearly 3 000 villages remain at risk of production deficit. The population in over 70 villages in the Diffa region were not able to plant due to insecurity, while the livelihoods of other farmers were affected by the floods in August 2016. Food insecurity is likely to worsen, especially in the northwest, owing to increases in rice and cereal prices as well as the onset of the Rift Valley fever, affecting both human and animal health and thereby restricting livelihood activities and production. In addition, cereal and fodder deficits are expected in pastoral and transhumance regions due to various weather abnormalities, including excess of humidity, drought, sand, winds, etc.

Under the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan, FAO is requesting USD 5.5 million to assist 580 532 people by providing them with critical agricultural inputs to restore their livelihoods and avoid a further deterioration of their food security. Support to animal health will also be provided through vaccinations, deworming, training and the distribution of veterinary kits and animal feed.

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 - Key points: The agricultural production is expected to be overall average to above-average in West Africa and the Sahel. Fodder deficits persist in the extreme North-East of Chad, ...read more
31/10/2017
 - In the Lake Chad Basin, the security crisis exacerbates the challenges faced by vulnerable farmers and herders, already affected by climate hazards over the past decade. ...read more
19/10/2017
 - Au Sahel, les populations rurales dépendent en grande majorité de l’agriculture, secteur régulièrement affecté par les aléas climatiques. La production agricole, principalement basée sur l’agriculture pluviale ...read more
06/09/2017
 - To strengthen the resilience and food security and nutrition of vulnerable communities through a set of complementary interventions focused on ensuring a significant and sustainable impact ...read more
08/08/2017
 - Key messages Restoring agricultural livelihoods is a priority to avoid a further deterioration of the food security situation of displaced people and host communities in the coming ...read more
12/07/2017
 - Key Points: Expected seasonal forecast of overall average to slightly below average in the Southern Gulf of Guinea countries. Expected seasonal forecast of overall cumulative rainfall in Sudano-sahelian ...read more
09/06/2017
 - Renforcer la production agricole dans les zones ciblées en permettant aux populations les plus vulnérables de produire des aliments qui aideront à améliorer leur état nutritionnel, ...read more
19/05/2017
 - Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/06 to 31/08/2017. Compare it with the previous one.
17/05/2017
 - El Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, realizó esta semana su primera visita oficial al Chad, en un esfuerzo para llamar urgentemente la ...read more
07/04/2017
 - Key messages Restoring agricultural livelihoods is a priority to avoid a further deterioration of the food security situation of displaced people and host communities in the coming ...read more
06/04/2017