Reaping a Harvest
Umar Abakar is a father and farmer who returned home to Eastern Chad after the Darfur war to find his land completely overgrown with weeds and shrubs. With no plow or seeds, he had no means to restart his farm—the family’s only means of survival.
Umar told us he was spending one day trying to clear his land, then hiring himself out to other farmers in order to earn enough money to feed his family that day. He was desperately trying to juggle these two back-breaking jobs.
“When World Concern came here, I was in a total slump. I had nothing and was just trying to feed my family,” he said.
We’re providing necessities like seeds (most families resorted to eating their stored seeds to survive the Sahel drought), plows, horses, and training to plant drought-resistant crops.
Farmers are organized into farming groups, like co-ops, to share tools and resources. The system is working amazingly well.
The sorghum that was just harvested was 10 feet tall. Healthy, vibrant crops like okra, sesame, and tomatoes are thriving.
“Now, I will have enough to feed my family and sell some of our crops to make a profit,” said Umar.