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WFP Chad Country Brief, October 2017

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• As part of celebrations of the 2017 World Food Day, WFP Chad and ECHO organized an exhibition on “the family meal: what brings us together?” Held in N’Djamena from 16 to 21 October 2017, collected photographs tell the story of a typical Chadian household and explain why it is essential to empower women at household levels and ensure that children have access to adequate nutritional support during the first 1,000 days of their lives.

• The recently completed 2017 SMART survey shows a country-wide deterioration of the nutritional situation. At the same time WFP faces a critical shortfall for the supply of specialised nutritious foods. USD 5 million are needed to purchase the necessary stocks and meet the requirements of the ongoing nutrition interventions for the next six months.

Operational Updates

Markets and food security

The Chief Economist of WFP visited Chad and his recently published mission report on the economic situation in Chad and potential impact on food security emphasizes that the severe economic and fiscal crisis is an immediate and elevated risk for food insecurity and insufficient health, education and social services. There is an urgent need for live-saving and resilience building activities throughout the country to tackle immediate food security challenges as well as the longer term structural poverty and the youth bulge faced by the country.

Data collection for the National Food Security Survey (ENSA) was completed in October and information on food insecurity at department-level will be available in November.

Update on the nutritional situation (SMART 2017)

Since 2016, malnutrition levels among Chadian households have increased. According to the 2017 SMART survey led by UNICEF and the Government, the national prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) among children aged 6 to 59 months increased from 11.9 percent to 13.9 percent.

At the same time, the prevalence of chronic malnutrition peaked at 32.4 percent, surpassing the WHO emergency threshold of 30 percent. The ongoing economic and fiscal crisis is a key factor affecting the purchasing power of the vulnerable people and overall poverty.

Multi-purpose cash transfers in the South

CERF Underfunded Window: a multi-purpose cash pilot for C.A.R. refugees and returnees. FAO, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP received an allocation of USD 6.5 million to cover food, livelihoods, health and WASH needs of 41,393 people during the upcoming seven months. In addition to this package, 5,000 most vulnerable households will receive a lumpsum for housing construction or rehabilitation. WFP Chad will ensure the delivery of this multi-purpose cash allocation.