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Urgent action to support the resilience of vulnerable populations in the Sahel
Urgent action to support the resilience of vulnerable populations in the Sahel through emergency assistance to control the Desert Locust outbreak - 2012
Chad, Mauritania and Niger.
To help preserve the agricultural production and food security of concerned populations in the Sahel by controlling the current Desert Locust outbreak in the infested areas.
Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO) and National Locust Control Units (NLCUs).
Livestock breeders, farmers and nomads who live in the Desert Locust outbreak areas; the national units in charge of Desert Locust control; and all countries in western and northwestern Africa.
- Developed eLocust3 as an upgrade to eLocust2, a system used by national survey and control officers in all locust-affected countries for recording field observations and transmitting data by satellite in real time from the field to NLCUs and FAO headquarters.
- Developed training materials and conducted training on eLocust3.
- Timely and effective survey and control operations were carried out in the 2012/13 campaign, treating almost 100 000 ha of locust-infested areas in the Sahel.
- Partnered with national governments and the United Nations World Food Programme to redirect surplus pesticides from donor countries to areas requiring additional quantities of pesticides for control operations.
- The eLocust3 upgrade will help to improve survey and control operations and early warning, thus protecting agriculture, livelihoods and food security.
- Strengthened the capacity of NLCUs to handle large-scale control campaigns through the provision of equipment, vehicles, logistical support and technical expertise.
- Reduced the overall risk posed to human health and the environment from the handling and disposal of pesticides.
- Helped to prevent the Desert Locust threat from developing further to affect any countries in western/northwestern Africa (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia).