Water shortages resulting from a combination of climate change, population explosion and the irrigation schemes, have profoundly affected the environment and activities of people living in the Lake Chad basin despite the shared management between the country members of the Lake Chad Basin Commission. Difficulties and conflicts over access and land management arise between communities (sedentary, nomadic or different professional groups) because of the depletion of natural resources.
ACORD is working together with rural communities in Chad to achieve food sovereignty through the improvement of their livelihoods while supporting prevention and peaceful management of conflicts.
Since 1987, ACORD has been working with marginalised communities on their rights to access natural resources for sustainable food security. ACORD and its partners continue to urge state and non-state actors to demonstrate effective service delivery and international standards of accountability in natural resource management. Overall, there has been improved citizen participation in all development efforts.
>> Livelihood: to reduce food insecurity for the rural communities, ACORD supports creating structures that strengthen the agricultural production systems, as well as introducing new varieties of seeds or agricultural equipments to vulnerable groups (women, internally displaced people), beefing up cereal stocks, investing in goat keeping and training communities in animal husbandry. Through training in entrepreneurship, management and advocacy, ACORD gives means to the local communities to organise themselves to improve their livelihood, to find marketing solutions to sell their produce and have their voices heard in decision making spheres.
>> Women's rights: We are supporting women's groups to take charge and improve their food production and increase their negotiation power in their village communities. This renewed confidence is a powerful factor in the creation of dynamic women's groups who can manage their development issues.
>> Peace building: ACORD creates space for dialogue between vulnerable groups, local authorities and different stakeholders to improve local strategies of management of natural resources and promote the emergence of an environment that is friendly to citizen participation in discussions, reflection and knowledge-sharing on issues affecting them.
Where we work
ACORD's coordination office is located in N'djamena. We are also present in Ouaddaï, Guéra, Rural N'djamena, Chari-Baguirmi and Hadjer Lamis regions.
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Communities in Chad tell their stories
Hadjé Zara Doungous lives in Alhadj Derib, a village located about twenty km from Bokoro. Her success story is an inspiring example for other rural women:
"Thanks to my knowledge in Koranic Arabic, my sisters selected me to participate in a literacy training organised by ACORD for a group of ten women. The purpose was to improve our living conditions through enhanced knowledge. At the end of the training I was able to read and write and was elected at the head of the Women of Bokoro Association Al Nour, composed of 39 women's groups. We have opened several literacy centres in our villages and managed to develop income generating activities through micro-credit loans from gender and HIV&AIDS projects. Our financial management was good and we paid back all loans timely.
Today, I am the President of the Women of Dababa Network and also a member of the inter-cantonal platform, whose constitution was supported by ACORD. My life has really changed and even men come to me to seek advice on questions of collective interest. My next step is to defend the rights of women at the national level.
Our partners in Chad
ACORD is closely working with civil society and community based organisations such as NAGDARO, PVERS, FIKIRNA, ACRA and DARNA across Chad. ACORD is also member of CILONG, the network of international and local NGOs and CSAPR, the committee of the call for peace and reconciliation in Chad.
|Tchad: l`emergence de structures rurales démocratiques: Puts into context ACORD's work in Chad supporting local communities to step up efforts in food sovereignty. French version by Bruno Angsthelm (CCFD-Terre Solidaire)|
Photos, videos and publications
Publications relating to our work can be downloaded here.
Photos of ACORD's work in Chad can be sent upon request. Contact us by e-mail.
How you can support communities in Chad
Financial donations and in-kind support to ACORD's Chad Programme go a long way in providing support to women and vulnerable communities in food insecure locations addressing their immediate needs as well as long term development challenges. Commitments and ownership by communities themselves to sustain their own facilities ensures that our programmes have a lasting impact on their livelihoods and their development.
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