Chad Food Crisis: a market garden helps provide income and food security
A market gardening project set up with the help of Oxfam, provides income and food security for the community in Kassira.
Aramla Salim (2nd left) "The market garden helps, but it is not enough, I cannot find all the food I need. The lettuce is over soon, and the gombo is already over. The market garden will not last for long. I do not have any animals. Otherwise, I would have sold them to buy something to eat for my kids."
Some 13 million people are at severe risk from a food crisis which is set to escalate into a full scale humanitarian emergency in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa if urgent action is not taken,
Across Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and northern Senegal malnutrition rates hover between 10 and 15 percent, and in some areas rates have risen beyond the emergency threshold level of 15 percent. Over one million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.
A lethal mix of drought, high food prices, entrenched poverty and regional conflict is behind the crisis.
Oxfam is hoping to raise $37m to reach around one million people across the Sahel region with vital aid such as food, cash, support to livestock, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion campaigns.
Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam, 8 February 2012