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ADDENDUM - Desert locust crisis - Appeal for rapid response and anticipatory action in the Near East and North Africa January–December 2020

ADDENDUM - Desert locust crisis - Appeal for rapid response and anticipatory action in the Near East and North Africa January–December 2020
Mar 2020

Present in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan and Yemen, desert locusts are at various stages of development (hoppers, immature adults) and forming groups and bands. This is likely to lead to the formation of swarms, which are highly mobile, capable of completely stripping an area’s vegetation and can cause large-scale environmental and agricultural damage.

Several immature swarms have moved from the coastal plains to the interior of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, while at least one swarm reached Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Control operations are ongoing in Egypt, Saudia Arabia and the Sudan, but remain limited in Yemen. There is a significant risk of the current desert locust upsurge becoming a plague, which could lead to further suffering, displacement and conflict. The potential for destruction is enormous.

For response in the Sudan and Yemen, USD 15.2 million is urgently required by FAO to support control measures, safeguard livelihoods and promote early recovery. This is in addition to the appeal calling for USD 138 million for rapid response and anticipatory action in the Greater Horn of Africa.

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