Chad has declared a food emergency in the country on Thursday.
A decree signed by the chief of the military transition Mahamat Idriss Déby read: a “constant deterioration of the food and nutritional situation and a growing risk” of food scarcity is imminent if no assistance was given to the Sahelian nation.
5.5 million Chadians or more than a third of the population were in need of urgent humanitarian aid, the United Nations estimated in 2021.
The situation worsened following the war in Ukraine.
The government, therefore, has called on “all national and international partners to help the population”.
Chad’s appeal came as a meeting between the AU chairperson, the chairman of the AU commission and the Russian President is scheduled Friday.
The African leaders and President Vladimir Putin will mediate the war in Ukraine and discuss the release of stocks of grain and fertilizer whose blockage affects importing nations.