Lake Chad Basin

Lake Chad Basin
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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 $206.2 million to support the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin. The figure includes approximately $63.4 million from USAID/OFDA, more than $112.5 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), and $30.3 million from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM). With approximately $641.3 million in FYs 2018–2019 humanitarian funding, the USG remains the largest donor to the Lake Chad Basin response.

The UN estimates that 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—IPC 3—and Emergency—IPC 4—levels of acute food insecurity will persist through September 2019 in much of Nigeria’s Borno State, as well as in parts of Nigeria’s Adamawa and Yobe states. Additionally, Stressed—IPC 2—levels of acute food insecurity will persist in Chad’s Lac Region and parts of Niger’s Diffa Region through January 2020, with humanitarian assistance preventing Crisis outcomes in some areas; internally displaced households and poor host community households in Cameroon’s Far North Region will also likely face Stressed levels of acute food insecurity through January, 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: July 11, 2019

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