Food Chain Crisis
Funds will assist farmers and protect rural livelihoods affected by the worsening outbreak
Food security of millions under threat as upsurge spreads from East Africa to the Persian Gulf
FAO advances Global Action to control the spread and damage of a crop-eating pest affecting millions of livelihoods

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Desert Locust crisis in East Africa

The human food chain is continuously threatened by the increasing number of outbreaks of transboundary animal and plant pests and diseases, including aquatic and forest pests and diseases, and food safety and radiation events.

Avian influenza, Peste des petits ruminants, Fall armyworm, locust and other insect infestations, banana diseases, food-borne pathogens and mycotoxins are some examples of threats to the human food chain that may impact human health, food security, livelihoods, national economies and global markets.

Through the Food Chain Crisis Management Framework (FCC), FAO addresses the risks to the human food chain through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and institution-wide collaborative approach.


Animal health solutions: a digital tool to support animal disease surveillance and reporting mechanism in Ghana

“Since the EMA-i tool was implemented in the country, the number of animal diseases reported from the field has increased by 5 times”. EMA-i is a mobile app that enables data collection and the entry, storage and analysis of epidemiological data in real time, reducing human errors and ensuring data confidentiality. This tool supports the surveillance and reporting mechanisms in place to monitor priority animal diseases in Ghana. 
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January 2020 - March 2020

During the period January to March 2020, Food Chain Crisis (FCC) threats are expected to occur in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe where they can persist within a country, spread to neighbouring countries, remain latent, or re-emerge or amplify. Thirty-one plant and forest pests and diseases, locusts and animal and aquatic diseases were monitored and forecasted by FAO experts for the period January to March 2020. A total of 260 forecasts were conducted in 116 countries.


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Farmers look to FAO to help resolve the worsening pest outbreak issue

Pests are major causes of crop yield losses. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), between 20 and 40 percent of global crop yields are reduced each year due to damage caused by plant pests (insects and diseases). Continue Reading

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