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COVID-19 continues to disrupt the livelihoods of very poor households

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • January 2021
COVID-19 continues to disrupt the livelihoods of very poor households

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The rise in cases of COVID-19 contamination continues to disrupt economic activities. The reestablishment of control measures and their tightening (isolation of N’Djaména) in early January continues to affect the livelihoods of very poor and poor households in both rural and urban areas.

    • The persistent security crisis in the Lac region continues to affect the food situation of nearly 360,000 displaced persons and host households. The escalation of inter-community conflicts in several provinces (Batha, Mayo kebbi East, Sila, Tandjilé) has caused fires and led to population displacement and around 20 deaths. This disrupts the progress of the campaign the good progress of the transhumance.

    • In Bahr-el-Gazal (BEG) and Kanem, the increase in transportation costs is affecting supply of cereal markets despite the green harvest of berbere from Hadjer Lamis. Thus, in Mao and Moussoro, millet prices over 32% and 33% above the five-year average are reported due to an increase in demand from the decline in household stocks. An identical upward trend is observed in Abéché (30%) and Guereda (51%) due to demand from the border areas of the Sudanese province of Darfur.

    • In the Lac region, the food security of displaced persons and host households is under Stress (IPC Phase 2) thanks to humanitarian assistance. Households in Tibesti, BEG and Kanem have minimal food consumption but are not able to afford certain expenses without engaging in coping strategies due to rising prices in the markets. They are facing Stress (IPC Phase 2) food security outcomes. Despite the impacts of COVID-related measures on livelihoods, households in most areas of the country remain minimally food insecure (IPC Phase 1).

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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