Agroforestry systems for Chad’s Sila Region

Concern has worked in the Sila region in eastern Chad since 2007 with emergency responses as a consequence of the Darfur conflict and food insecurity crises. After a fragile calm had returned to the region, in 2012, Concern began to address causes of food insecurity and malnutrition with the Community Resilience to Acute Malnutrition programme integrating Health and Nutrition, WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene), Food Security, Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender. Since 2015, the BRACED programme has continued to promote resilience and has reinforced the Climate-Smart Agriculture component to adapt to the on-going trend of erratic rainfall patterns, increase in temperatures and land degradation across the region. For this purpose, a partnership has been entered with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Trees are perennial “crops” which, once established, have better chances to withstand erratic rainfall and yearly climatic variations compared to annual crops, thus promoting more stable productions and diversified incomes from the sale of their produces.