A farmer examines desert locusts at an infested farm in Nakukulas, Turkana County, Kenya. ©FAO/Luis Tato

FAO and Russian Federation sign Contribution Agreement to ramp up fight against desert locusts

27/07/2020

$10 million contribution will support the UN Agency’s operations to contain the spread in East Africa

FAO and the Russian Federation have signed a $10 million Contribution Agreement aimed at boosting efforts to control and eliminate Desert Locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda.

The agreement was signed today by FAO Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Rome-based UN Agencies Victor Vasiliev during a virtual ceremony.

While thanking the Russian Federation "for the generous and critical contribution to the survey and control efforts required in the Desert Locust fight", Deputy Director-General noted that although great progress has been made to contain the spread of this pest, it is imperative that we sustain and build on these efforts.

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