Central African Chad has declared a food emergency due to a lack of grain supplies in the wake of the Ukraine war. The situation has deteriorated extremely in recent months and international humanitarian aid is urgently needed, said the head of the military government, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, in the capital N’Djamena.
More than five million people are at risk of starvation
The United Nations (UN) estimates that 5.5 million people in Chad – a third of the population – will need food aid this year. Only just under 16 percent of the 510 million US dollars currently estimated by the UN for the most necessary support are available to the helpers.
Chad is among the African countries that are highly dependent on grains from Russia and Ukraine. According to the UN, Africa’s 54 countries import almost half of their wheat from the two countries. Russia is also an important fertilizer supplier for many African countries.
The military junta’s statement came hours before the head of the African Union, Senegal’s President Macky Sall, plans to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi on the Black Sea. One focus of the discussion is the situation on the world grain market.
Chad is one of many countries in the Sahel region facing a hunger crisis. The Horn of Africa – notably Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Somalia – is facing its worst drought in 40 years. According to the UN, West Africa is also on the verge of the worst food crisis in ten years. According to aid organizations, 60 million people could soon go hungry in the entire Sahel region.
se/qu (dpa, afp, epd)