Chad Declares Food Emergency

Chad’s government declared a food and nutrition emergency last week due to a lack of grain supplies as Niger and the rest of the African continent are also dealing with skyrocketing food insecurity.

Across Africa, cereal prices have surged because of the sudden drop in exports from Ukraine, a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and a raft of international sanctions on Russia, which stalled fertilizer, wheat, and other commodities supplies from both Russia and Ukraine. 

On Thursday, Chad urged the international community to help its population cope with rising food insecurity. 

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Action (OCHA) also warned that about 5.5 million people urgently need humanitarian assistance. 

On Friday, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that prices of international wheat had risen for the fourth consecutive month.  

However, according to the secretary-general of Chad’s consumer rights association, Daouda El Hadj Adam, Chad’s government should have acted early to prevent a food emergency. 

“This situation was predictable because agricultural production was extremely deficient last year,” El Hadj Adam said

“The government could have made this decision very early and taken consistent action,” Adam also said, adding that extra measures need to be taken beyond food aid support. 

Meanwhile, prices of milk, sugar, oil, and flour skyrocketed as the cost of fertilizer also increased dramatically. 

According to reports, people in Niger, Chad, and many other countries in Africa have difficulty making ends meet. 

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