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As Madagascar food crisis looms, locust control campaign launched

23/09/2013 - 

A locust control campaign is starting in Madagascar against a plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, which threatens the food security and livelihoods of 13 million people or nearly 60 percent of the island's population.
Spraying operations are expected to start by late October, after the onset of the rainy season.

This is the first of three successive locust control campaigns that will take place between September 2013 and September 2016 as indicated in a three-year programme, jointly prepared by FAO and the Madagascar Ministry of Agriculture.