A man holds a goat at an Action Against Hunger project in Chad.


Since gaining independence in 1960, the country has suffered from political instability, social unrest and conflicts with neighbouring countries.

Chad faces numerous humanitarian crises, including thousands being forced to flee their homes, poor access to food and malnutrition. These are fuelled by the effects of climate change, political instability and attacks by armed groups in the Lake Chad basin.

More than 600,000 people in the country are facing a hunger crisis and need emergency food assistance. Across Chad, 57% of the population has no access to clean water and 90% don’t have access to a safe toilet.

Lockdown restrictions introduced to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic have also affected families’ incomes and led to higher food prices.

Country facts

  • 781,219

    Action Against Hunger's programmes in Chad reached over 780,000 people in 2020.

  • 15.9M

    Chad has a population of more than 15 million people.

  • 39.8%

    Almost 40% of Chadian children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Chad

Action Against Hunger has operated in Chad since 1982. Our programmes include:

  • providing food to vulnerable people during the dry season
  • helping women to become more independent and diversify their income
  • supporting internally displaced people through water, sanitation and hygiene programme
  • supporting the local health system with community projects focused on changing behaviours
  • introducing sustainable agriculture programmes, such as market gardening groups that promote the growth of crops during the dry season
  • implementing a community early warning system to help emergency response

Fatime and Khadija's story

When her granddaughter Fatime became critically ill, Khadija feared for the worst. But after receiving treatment at an Action Against Hunger health centre, Fatime is now healthy again.

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A mother and their child at an Action Against Hunger treatment centre in Chad.

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