Home > Crisis > Madagascar locust crisis > FAO and the locust crisis in Madagascar

FAO in emergencies app

Download now!

Country information

Crop calendar

Recent Appeals

Documents

Projects

Other Resources

Connect with us

Madagascar locust crisis

Madagascar locust crisis

Since April 2012, a locust plague threatens the livelihoods of 13 million people in Madagascar, nine million of whom earn a living from agriculture. Locust infestations, if untreated, could wipe out food crops and livestock grazing lands – and with it a family’s ability to provide for itself. In September 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture and FAO launched a Three-year emergency Programme. The Programme aims to bring back the locust situation to a recession and safeguard the food security of the vulnerable rural populations.

Madagascar locust crisisTiming is crucial

Read more about the Response to the locust plague: Three-year Programme 2013-2016Timely and adequate support not only saves livelihoods, but also millions of dollars in humanitarian assistance that would be needed to restore crop and livestock production later on.

Underfunding for the 2010/11 and 2011/12 locust campaigns meant that uncontrolled locust populations were able to develop, multiply and spread quickly, destroying crops and pastures. What started as an upsurge turned into a plague.

Emergency response to the locust plague

With sufficient funding, FAO, together with the national authorities, will be able to carry out the requested large-scale aerial campaigns to control locust populations on up to 1.5 million hectares from September 2013 to August 2014 – and over 2 million hectares from 2013 until 2016.

Funding will also enable FAO to strengthen local capacity to survey and control locust crises, to analyse related data and to monitor the impact of control operations on human health and the environment, while ensuring the overall coordination of the activities. Of the total funds requested to implement the Three-year Programme (USD 42.9 million), FAO has received USD 28.2 million. The current funding gap exceeds USD 14 million for the implementation of the second and third locust campaigns (2014/15 and 2015/16).

The Three-year Programme must be completed to ensure an effective recession of the locust populations in Madagascar.

Survey and control operations

In collaboration with the Government, FAO has deployed three mobile aerial bases, which move with the locust population dynamics. Three helicopters and one fixed-wing aircraft ensure timely survey and control operations. More than 99 percent of the treatments are conducted by air.

Locust populations have been controlled on over 1.2 million hectares since the start of the spraying operations of first campaign in November 2013. The Programme is designed to minimize the impact of locust control operations on Madagascar’s ecosystem, one of the richest in the world. For example, when the infested areas are near national parks or in areas with sensitive ecosystems, control operations are carried out with biopesticides only.

Related Topics

 - More than three-quarters of Malagasy families earn a living from agriculture, but frequent natural disasters – drought in the South, cyclones in the East, locust threats – cut into production ...READ MORE
 - En septembre 2014, l'aridité persistait sur le versant occidental de la Grande-Île, sauf dans le Melaky et le Sud-Est qui ont reçu des pluies précoces relativement ...read more
19/11/2014
 - Durant la 1ère décade d'octobre 2014, une augmentation progressive de la pluviosité a été constatée dans la majeure partie de la Grande-Île: la saison des pluies ...read more
19/11/2014
 - The sun is almost at its zenith, the ground bristling with termite mounds, the vegetation sparse with rice fields dotted within the low-lying areas. The survey ...read more
13/11/2014
 - The helicopter took off to carry out an extensive aerial survey between Antananarivo and Majunga in Madagascar, stopping at Maevatanana to refuel. The objective of the ...read more
13/11/2014
 - The helicopter took off to carry out an extensive aerial survey between Antananarivo and Majunga in Madagascar, stopping at Maevatanana to refuel. The objective of the ...read more
07/11/2014
 - The end of the winter period was marked by the first rains in late September. These rains have continued throughout October, resulting in the growth and ...read more
31/10/2014
 - From the helicopter, the survey team spots a flight of locusts. The helicopter lands, the engine is switched off and the team alights to determine the ...read more
24/10/2014
 - An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), with support from the Ministry of Agriculture (MinAgri), to identify and evaluate factors impacting on agricultural production in 2014, ...read more
23/10/2014
 - Suivant la planification établie lors du lancement du Programme, en 2013, trois campagnes successives devront être menées à terme pour venir à bout de l’invasion acridienne ...read more
23/10/2014
 - Map of the locust situation showing confirmed reports and providing infestation levels by area of Madagascar for the month of August 2014.
21/10/2014
« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 ... 12