At the centre of a nutritional crisis
87% of the rural population is poor
51.6% of households are in a situation of food insecurity
100,000 Chadians have returned home from Libya since 2011
34,103 people helped


Chad’s Sahel belt is suffering from recurring food crises, particularly in the Batha region, which has been hit by a severe rainfall shortage.

These droughts drastically reduce farming production, impacting the livelihoods and income of those living and working in the region. Their recurrence weakens the people’s ability to adapt, reducing their self-sufficiency, a consequence that mainly hits the poorest households.
As most people in Batha rely solely on farming or breeding to make a living, they are extremely dependent on the weather. To adapt to these chronic droughts, there’s no alternative but to get into debt. This creates a situation where the grain prices rise, helping to drive the vicious circle of food insecurity and malnutrition. The country’s already decimated production is weakened further by devastating insect attacks.
The sudden return of thousands of Chadians working and living in Libya continues to place pressure on resources and to inflict more damage on already vulnerable host communities.

  • 13 million inhabitants
  • 47.5% poverty rate
  • 184th out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2008
  • Team 5 international staff
    33 national staff
  • Budget €0.74 M

Faced with recurring droughts affecting the country’s Sahel belt, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL works to help those most at risk, dependent chiefly on farming and breeding to survive, activities that have been steadily declining for several years. To combat their lack of income and the rising levels of malnutrition recorded in the region, our teams are working to optimize resource management. They are introducing risk reduction activities to prepare those living there for natural disasters, and help them to better withstand variations in their climate.

With the aim of stabilizing and empowering populations, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is setting up agricultural cooperatives, credit facilities and income-generating activities. To target malnutrition directly, our teams distribute therapeutic foods to children under 5 and conduct campaigns to raise awareness of good nutrition and hygiene practices.

In response to the incessant need for water during droughts, our teams focus on rehabilitating water points and helping the community to manage its supplies. This reduces people’s exposure to unsanitary water and helps to fight malnutrition.


European Union (EuropeAid)

Our impact

food security

Food security and livelihood support

42,180 people helped

– Created farmer field schools
– Provided capacity building for 10 farmer organizations
– Provided support and monitoring for 15 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA)
– Trained water point management committees
– Created and trained committees for seed management and human and animal nutrition
– Allocated seeds, natron and oilmeal

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

9,886 people helped

– Constructed boreholes
– Constructed latrines
– Raised awareness of good nutrition and hygiene practices

Disaster risk reduction

14,005 people helped

– Developed disaster risk reduction plans
– Carried out micro-projects
– Held cooking workshop
– Provided support for 8 water point management committees

Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,

Thierry Benlahsen


At head office