We need a long-term vision, says regional humanitarian chief

"Chad exemplifies many of the common problems of the whole Sahel zone," said Robert Piper, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, during a recent visit to the country. "We need a long term vision to tackle chronic issues and increase the resilience of families."

The Sahel – a region that stretches across the southern fringe of the Sahara desert– is home to some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Its eastern edge extends through central Chad.

Like other Sahel countries, the major humanitarian concerns in Chad's Sahel zone are malnutrition and food insecurity. Currently, 2.6 million people are food insecure in Chad, up from 2.1 million in 2013. Four of the five administrative regions in the Sahel report levels of food insecurity between 30 and 37 percent. In the fifth region, Wadi Fira on the border with Sudan, a staggering 61 per cent of people are food insecure.

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