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Locust plague in Madagascar
Adult Migratory Locusts can multiply quickly, forming highly mobile groups and swarms. Depending on its size, a swarm – made up of millions of locusts – can eat up to 100 000 tonnes of green vegetation per day. A locust plague – which is what Madagascar is now facing – means thousands of swarms. That translates to billions of locusts.
If left untreated, a locust plague can last more than ten years, and intensify year after year - devastating food crops, as well as grazing lands, which are vital for keeping livestock healthy and productive.
The locust plague in Madagascar has put the livelihoods of 13 million people – roughly 60 percent of the country - at risk. More than USD 22 million is urgently needed to begin the initial campaign of a three-year FAO emergency programme to combat locusts in the country.