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The implementation of the Three-year Programme in response to the Locust Plague - Madagascar

Aug 2014

The implementation of the Three-year Programme in response to the Locust Plague (2013-2014) in Madagascar started almost one year ago. Significant resources have been mobilized to halt the locust plague. Thanks to the quick and efficient support from the financial and technical partners in response to the call for funds made by the Government’s and FAO’s, locust infestations have been controlled on more than 1.2 million hectares. The objective of halting the plague was reached making the first campaign a full success. Although some localized and unavoidable crop damages have been observed, the threat of an immediate food crisis has passed. Victims of the locusts plague were not left aside. FAO, in collaboration with its partners, is providing them assistance to by distributing seeds, tools, fertilizer, as well as technical support and capacity strengthening on agricultural best practices. According to OCHA, national rice productivity has increased by 19% compared to 2013. The fight against locust plague has definitely contributed to this increase.

From 1st of July until 31st of August 2014, one aerial base only will pursue the locust survey and control operations (monitoring of swarms and other locust populations and local spraying of swarms).  During this dry and cool period, the weather and ecological conditions are unsuitable for locust breeding. Immature winged-locusts– generally highly mobile – only are present, which represent targets for control operations if they form swarms.

This photo report shows some key events of the first locust campaign shared with farmers or with locust staff working in the field.

 

Author: FAO/Madagascar