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WFP Chad Country Brief, December 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

114,767 mt of food assistance distributed USD 2.4 m cash-based transfers made USD 45.5 m six months (January – June 2021) net funding requirements 613,632 people assisted in December 2020

Operational Updates

• Due to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases particularly in N’Djamena, on 31 December the Chadian Government imposed new COVID-19 measures, specifically on the capital city, valid until 7 January.
The capital city is under lockdown with the borders closed from the rest of the country. The airport in N’Djamena is shut down as of 4 January 2021. All businesses and stores including restaurants are closed except for those providing essential services. The new curfew is from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. WFP country office in N’Djamena is still in operation with some constraints, while all field offices are operational as usual.

• From 9 to 10 December, in collaboration with the Regional Centre of Excellence against Hunger and Malnutrition, WFP and the Government hosted a national workshop to prepare a joint action plan for 2021-2026 to support the Government of Chad in the development of the home-grown school feeding program. The program aims to provide school children with healthy, varied and complete-diet school meals prepared using local farm products. This workshop brought together 45 participants from key line ministries and institutions involved in the implementation of the National Policy for School Feeding, Nutrition and Health (PNANSS), the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

• WFP provided nine social centres in N’Djamena with milling machines, which are to be used by women to produce artisanal fortified flour (AFORT) for children aged 6-23 months. The production of the fortified flour will contribute to both the prevention of malnutrition of children and economic resilience of women.

• Results of the 2020 nutrition survey using SMART methodology, released at the end of the month, highlighted that the nutritional situation is still of concern in Chad given the level of global acute malnutrition (GAM) of 10.0 percent and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) of 2.1 percent. Globally, 15 out 23 provinces need nutrition support. Chronic malnutrition is also high, affecting one in three children in Chad. WFP Chad aims to assist 462,000 beneficiaries through nutrition interventions in 2021.

• WFP Chad is expecting a surge of refugees from Central African Republic at the beginning of 2021 due to the recent presidential election held on 27 December. In collaboration with UNHCR, WFP is preparing to respond and assist through relief food and nutrition assistance.

• An online meeting through webinar was organized on 15 December with donor countries, during which WFP Chad presented results achieved in 2020 and priorities for 2021. The presentation was attended by 15 participants from donor countries (USA, ECHO,
Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Russia). The next quarterly meeting is expected to be held again in March 2021.