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Sustained support critical as new swarms threaten East Africa, Yemen...
08 July 2020
Building food system resilience in Eastern Africa On the 17 June,...
30 June 2020
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)...
05 June 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


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Key points The conflict and its impact on communities are still the main driver of food ...
03 July2020
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General situation during June 2020 and forecast until mid-August 2020.
02 July2020
Desert locust upsurge Desert locust upsurge – Global Response Plan - January–December 2020-1.jpg Global Response Plan (January–December 2020)
The Global Response Plan presents an overview of FAO's ongoing desert locust response activities, as ...
21 May2020
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The desert locust is the world’s most dangerous and voracious migratory pest, with a geographical range that could ...
21 May2020

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

in million USD