In the Lake Chad Basin (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) more than 7 million people need food assistance, up from 3 million last year. As malnutrition rates rise to alarming levels in all four countries, over half a million children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
In Chad’s harsh central Sahel Belt, communities are not just surviving but thriving, thanks to the planting of tree nurseries and crops such as maize and cassava in wadis — fertile oases in dry surroundings. These schemes are supported by the European Union's Humanitarian Aid Operations department and implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners.
Text and photos by Nathalie Magnien, WFP