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.

In FY 2018, the U.S. Government provided approximately $435 million to support the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin region, comprising areas of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. The figure includes approximately $135 million from USAID/OFDA, approximately $238 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace, and more than $62 million from U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. With nearly $944 million in FY 2017–2018 humanitarian funding, the USG remains the largest donor to the Lake Chad Basin response.

Boko Haram and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-West Africa attacks continue to prompt civilian casualties and conflict-related displacement. As of December, an estimated 2.5 million people remained internally displaced throughout the Lake Chad Basin, UNHCR reports.

Acute food insecurity persists throughout the Lake Chad Basin, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). FEWS NET anticipates Crisis—IPC 3—and Emergency—IPC 4—levels of acute food insecurity to continue in parts of northeastern Nigeria, including most of Borno State, through May 2019; populations in some areas of Niger’s Diffa Region will face Stressed—IPC 2—and Crisis levels of acute food insecurity during the same period. Stressed conditions are also likely to continue in Cameroon’s Far North Region and Chad’s Lac Region through January.

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: February 15, 2019

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