A USAID/OFDA staff member (foreground) meets with a men’s group in Chad while conducting a field visit
A USAID/OFDA staff member (foreground) meets with a men’s group in Chad while conducting a field visit to assess conditions during the 2012 food insecurity crisis.
Terry Wollen/USAID

Latest Lake Chad Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region, including NigeriaCameroonChad, and Niger.

To date in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $5.5 million—including $500,000 from USAID/OFDA, approximately $4.3 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), and $700,000 from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM)—to support the humanitarian response in Chad. The response in Chad is part of a larger response across the Lake Chad Basin, for which the USG has provided more than $641 million in FY 2018–2019 humanitarian funding.

According to the UN, approximately 486,000 people require humanitarian assistance in Chad’s Lac Region—an area that hosts more than 130,000 internally displaced persons and 15,900 Nigerian refugees.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) projects that populations in Lac will face Stressed—IPC 2—outcomes through January, with current and programmed humanitarian efforts preventing deterioration to Crisis levels of acute food insecurity across the region. FEWS NET predicts that many displaced households in Lac will continue to depend on emergency food distributions throughout both the ongoing lean season and the upcoming September-to-November main harvest given restricted income-generating opportunities and limited access to agricultural fields.

A USAID/OFDA non-governmental organization partner is supporting the delivery of essential health care and nutrition services to internally displaced persons and host community members in Lac through 15 primary health facilities. In May, more than 2,900 individuals—including more than 1,600 children ages five years and younger—received medical consultations at the facilities. USAID/OFDA is additionally funding the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to provide air transportation and logistical support to humanitarian workers across Chad.

USAID/OFDA is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Please visit our web page for additional information.


Attacks by Boko Haram in Lac, which began in January 2015, continue to prompt displacement—including population movement of Chadian returnees and refugees from neighboring Nigeria—and exacerbate food insecurity and other humanitarian needs. Deteriorating security conditions in the region have also impeded humanitarian response efforts. On October 29, 2018, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Richard K. Bell redeclared a disaster for FY 2019 due to the ongoing complex emergency in Chad.

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Last updated: July 11, 2019

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