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Emergency Support to the Locust Campaign 2013/14 in response to the locust plague in Madagascar

Emergency Support to the Locust Campaign 2013/14 in response to the locust plague in Madagascar

Full title of the project:

Emergency Support to the Locust Campaign 2013/14 in response to the locust plague in Madagascar

Target areas:

Southwestern Madagascar

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 50 000
Implementation:
09/08/2013-08/11/2013
Project code:
OSRO/MAG/312/USA
Objective:

To contribute to the food security of rural communities in Madagascar, primarily in the southwestern portion of the country, by blocking the source of the locust plague through the 2013/2014 emergency campaign.

Key partners:

The Plant Protection Directorate (PPD) and the National Antilocust Centre (CNA).

Beneficiaries reached:

The project could benefit up to 13 million people in Madagascar whose livelihoods are affected by the locust plague. In addition, PPD and CNA received additional staff, training and equipment.

Activities implemented:
  • Conducted a study on the impact of the locust damage on crops and pastures.
  • The Locust Watch Unit carried out two field assessments (ground surveys) in August and September 2013, after which aerial survey operations were launched.
  • Contributed to the cost of technical support and expertise of locust experts based at FAO headquarters, and to the coordination and implementation of the first locust campaign by funding an Emergency Coordinator and a Programme Officer for a period of one month each.
  • Provided training and equipment to PPD and CNA.
Impact:
  • Locust targets were mapped and identified based on over 70 hours of aerial surveys supplemented by ground surveys.
  • As of 8 November 2013, the spraying of conventional pesticides had just started, and no accidents affecting human health or the environment had occurred.