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"Without the garden we would not be able to survive."-- Maka Djibo
With harvests still weeks away, Oxfam is increasingly concerned about the situation in western Chad.
Rains are desperately needed for farmers across the Sahel. But in some places, the rain will also make it very difficult to deliver vital aid.
Across the Sahel of West Africa, 10 million people are facing an acute food crisis. It’s now the middle of the “hunger gap” season, the difficult months, as families wait for the next harvest in September and October. Things will get more difficult day by day.
Drought across the Sahel has triggered the crisis, robbing farmers of healthy harvests and shrinking the pasture on which herders depend to feed their livestock. Chad, Mali, and Niger are the worst hit.