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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)...
20 November 2020
Questions and Answers with Keith Cressman, FAO's Senior Locust Forecasting...
29 October 2020
Mohammed Ali, 30, a pastoralist, is visibly tired, but relentlessly...
27 October 2020


42million people in severe acute food insecurity in the three regions affected by the crisis
312million USD requested for FAO’s rapid response and anticipatory action
1km2 swarm can eat the same food as 35 000 people in one day
400times increase in locust numbers in six months


Ethiopia 1_FAO Ethiopia - Desert Locust Situation Update November 2020-1.jpg Desert locust situation report (November 2020)
Key messages: The desert locust (DL) breeding and invasion in Ethiopia is now centered in Somali region. Mature swarms continue ...
20 November2020
Desert Locust Bulletin - n.505
General situation during October 2020 and forecast until mid-December 2020 
02 November2020
Desert locust upsurge: Progress report on the response in the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen (May-August 2020)
With over seven decades of experience in detecting, reporting and managing desert locust infestations, and five decades ...
12 October2020
Desert Locust Bulletin - n.504
General situation during September 2020 and forecast until mid-November 2020.
05 October2020

Rapid response and anticipatory action

1. Curb the spread of desert locust

Budget required USD 160 million

    Continuous surveillance
    Ground and aerial control
    Impact assessments and environment, health and safety

Budget required USD 138 million

    Farming re-engagement packages
    Livestock-based livelihoods packages

2. Safeguard livelihoods and promote early recovery
3. Coordination

Budget required USD 14 million

    Deploy rapid surge support
    Facilitate regional partnerships and collaboration
    Regional advocacy and national-level coordination
    Strengthen regional and national capacity and enhance preparedness

Download the Desert Locust Global Response Plan


USD 311.6 million covering Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen, West Africa and the Sahel, Southwest Asia

in million USD (as at 22 July 2020)