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Progress in halting locust plagues in Madagascar

FAO Director-General meets Madagascar’s Minister of Agriculture

16 February 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Roland Ravatomanga, Minister of Agriculture of Madagascar, for talks that focused on progress made to combat the locust plagues which afflict the country.

Graziano da Silva thanked the Minister for his continued support of the Three-year Locust Response Programme taking place in Madagascar.

Since the programme was launched in 2013, significant resources have been mobilized to tackle the locust problem. Thanks to the quick and efficient support from financial and technical partners in response to the call for funds made by the Madagascar government and FAO, locust infestations have been controlled over more than 1.2 million hectares in Madagascar.

Minister Ravatomanga thanked FAO for its efforts and asked Graziano da Silva to ensure that the organization continues its work in this field.

The talks at FAO’s headquarters in Rome also touched upon boosting the relationship between Madagascar and Brazil in the context of the Latin American country’s Zero Hunger experience. Minister Ravatomanga praised the strong focus on nutrition in the Brazilian initiative and described it as good example for Madagascar to follow.