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Locust preventive control in west and northwest Africa – a success story

COAG Side Event :: 24 May 2012 [Iran Room: 12.30 – 14.15 hours]


On 24 May there will be a resource partner side event at FAO headquarters showcasing a successful example of the desert locust preventive control programme in west and northwest Africa. 


Since 2006 the four desert locust outbreaks were successfully controlled in Mauritania and Niger, in large part due to a multi-partner preventive control programme that strengthened the countries’ surveillance, control, environmentalmonitoring and managerial capacities.

The FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO) coordinated and implemented this programme.

During this side event, the CLCPRO will provide an overview of this successful desert locust preventive control programme in west and northwest Africa.


Desert locust is a highly destructive transboundary plant pest that threatens people’s livelihoods, food security, the environment and economic development.


CLCPRO is composed of ten member countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia.