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Chad: Food on the table

A family takes its livestock to sell at the market in Moussoro, Bahr el Gazal. This ecologically fragile region is becoming increasingly vulnerable to drought, and many herders have no option but to sell their animals to survive.

Funding target: £167,000

Year 1 of a 2 year project
In Chad's arid Bahr el Gazal region, over half the population regularly go hungry as successive droughts have reduced available food and pasture. With your support we can help herding and small-scale farming families secure more food in the face of increasingly dry conditions.

About the project

Improve the food supplies and earning potential of poor herding and farming communities

Oxfam has worked in Chad for 10 years, and was one of the first organisations to alert the world to an impending food crisis in the region in 2011. This project will build on work already underway to help people become less vulnerable to food shortages in dry and lean times.

With your support we aim to:

  • Increase food supplies for vulnerable households, by establishing village cereal banks and training communities to manage them;
  • Boost incomes by supporting farmers and herders, particularly women, to diversify their livelihood activities and market their produce, so they can afford to buy more food;
  • Strengthen communities' traditional livelihoods, by improving veterinary services, animal feed and livestock water supplies;
  • Support communities to develop the skills and confidence needed to lobby authorities for greater support.

Who will benefit

Over two years, approximately 25,000 nomadic herders and small-scale farmers will benefit directly from the project's livelihoods, water, veterinary and advocacy support. Women particularly will benefit from support to the livelihoods of women's producers organisations, working as animal health workers and as management committee representatives.

How we are helping

Koise's story

With Oxfam's support, Koise has been trained as an animal health worker and equipped with basic materials in order to provide preventative and curative care to the animals in and around her community.

Koise with two of her children outside her home. Photo: Constant Mboka/Oxfam

 Life is very difficult in Toumia and across the region. Drought and illness over the past years have led to huge loss of livestock for herders and the majority of people here are now sedentary because they do not have any more animals. We have started to practise agriculture with support from Oxfam, but our lives still mostly depend on our animals and everything depends on the rain. If Oxfam was not working here, we would not be able to cope and people would be forced to leave.

Photo: Constant Mboka/Oxfam

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.19MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping poor communities in Chad. Get in touch to find out how you can help.


Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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