Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
Georgia, 2010 ©FAO/A. Monard

Projects & Donors

The multi-funded FAO “Programme to improve national and regional locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia” has been implemented thanks to contributions from a number of partners, including Japan/ Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Turkey (under the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme -FTPP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/ Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), as well as FAO resources (Technical Cooperation Programme and Regular Programme).

In total, six projects (four regional ones and two national ones) have been implemented since Programme start in October 2011. Such contributions to the Programme amounting USD 8.7 million.

Contributions are as follows (by chronological order of approval):

  • USAID-Regional project GCP/GLO/963/USA of USD 480 000, approved in September/October 2018 and operationally active since February 2019, to the benefit of the ten countries; 
  • Japan/JICA-Regional project GCP/INT/238/JPN of USD 4 883 214, December 2015-June 2019, for Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan;
  • Turkey/FTPP-Regional project GCP/SEC/004/TUR of USD 600 000, March 2014-February 2019, for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan;
  • FAO-National project TCP/TAJ/3401 of USD 367 000, August 2012-November 2014, for Tajikistan (completed);
  • FAO-National project TCP/KYR/3305 of USD 367 000, February 2012-December 2013, for Kyrgyzstan;
  • USAID-Regional project GCP/INT/134/USA of USD 1 660 000, November 2011-April 2017, to the benefit of the ten countries – as first contribution received, this project allowed launching the Programme;
  • FAO-Regional contribution of the Regular Programme of USD 300 000 between 2011 and 2018 for the ten CCA countries.

In addition, a FAO TCP regional project (TCP/INT/3002-D) of USD 322 000 covering nine CCA countries (Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) had been implemented in 2009-2011, allowing the assessment of locust situations and management in CCA, defining and endorsing the Programme (with a budget of USD 7.8 million for a first five-year period) as well as starting some key technical activities.

Overall, the above contributions do not equally concern all CCA countries, taking into consideration the baseline situations (different according to the countries) as well as donor priorities. As of early 2019, additional resources need to be mobilized in order to pursue Programme activities, as per priorities defined by CCA countries for the coming years (see: the way forward).