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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

Full title of the project:

Urgent action to support the resilience of vulnerable populations in the Sahel through emergency assistance to control the Desert Locust outbreak - 2012

Target areas:

Chad, Mauritania and Niger.

USD 2 000 000
Project code:

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.

Key partners:

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO) and National Locust Control Units (NLCUs).

Beneficiaries reached:

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.

Activities implemented:
  • 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).