FAO Director-General calls for critical investments in agriculture in Lake Chad Basin

Apr 2017

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva calls on the international community for urgent support - a combination of immediate food assistance and food production support in addressing the hunger crisis in the strife-torn Lake Chad Basin. The crisis afflicting the region is rooted in decades of neglect, lack of rural development and the impact of climate change, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

“This is not only a humanitarian crisis, but it is also an ecological one,” Graziano da Silva said at a media briefing in Rome following his visit last week to some of the worst affected areas in Chad and northeastern Nigeria. Some 7 million people risk suffering from severe hunger in the Lake Chad Basin which incorporates parts of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and northeastern Nigeria. In the latter, some 50,000 people are facing famine. While fighting and violence have caused much of the suffering, the impact of environmental degradation and climate change including repeated droughts, are exacerbating the situation, the FAO Director-General said.