Lake Chad Basin

Lake Chad Basin
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Key Developments

USAID is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region, including NigeriaCameroonChad, and Niger.

In Fiscal Year 2019, the U.S. Government (USG) provided approximately $469 million to support the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin. The figure includes approximately $397 million from USAID and more than $71 million from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

The UN estimates that nearly 10 million people living in the Lake Chad Basin are in need of humanitarian assistance. Boko Haram and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-West Africa attacks in the region continue to prompt civilian casualties and have displaced an estimated 2.5 million people.

In addition, acute food insecurity persists throughout the Lake Chad Basin, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). FEWS NET projects that Crisis—Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) 3—and Emergency—IPC 4—levels of acute food insecurity will persist in parts of northeastern Nigeria through January 2020. In addition, some populations in Niger’s Diffa Region, Cameroon’s Far North Region, and Chad’s Lac Region will face Stressed—IPC 2—levels of acute food insecurity until early 2020, according to FEWS NET.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Please visit our web page for additional information.

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Last updated: November 21, 2019

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