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Emergency response – FAO – 2020 – Desert locust crisis (Kenya, Uganda, Yemen)

Emergency response – FAO – 2020 – Desert locust crisis (Kenya, Uganda, Yemen)

Full title of the project:

Emergency response – FAO – 2020 – Desert locust crisis (Kenya, Uganda, Yemen)

Target areas:

Desert locust-affected areas of Kenya, Uganda and Yemen. 

USD 1 436 226
Project code:

To limit the impact of desert locust on agricultural production and food security.

Key partners:
  • Kenya: Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives.
  • Uganda: Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.
  • Yemen: Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Fisheries, General Department of Plant Protection, Desert Locust Monitoring and Control Centres (DLMCCs) in Sana’a and Aden.
Beneficiaries reached:

Desert locust-affected farmers, agropastoralists and pastoralists.

Activities implemented:
  • Procured ten single-cabin pickups, with vehicle-mounted sprayers to support control operations (Kenya).
  • Surveyed 426 058 ha of land and treated 3 869 ha of desert locust-infested land (Kenya).
  • Trained 19 scouts and community members on desert locust surveillance, identification, reporting and safety in handling pesticides and control equipment (Kenya).
  • Procured 17 ultra-low volume knapsack sprayers and 380 sets of personal protective equipment to support control efforts (Uganda).
  • Conducted surveillance of 25 000 ha of land, across 200 sites, and control operations on 4 582 ha (Yemen).
  • Procured 20 000 litres of pesticides, 500 kg of biopesticides and nine vehicle-mounted sprayers (Yemen).
  • Trained 48 government technicians through an online training on the use of new mobile applications for desert locust surveillance and control (eLocust3m and eLocust3w) (Yemen).
  • Produced and disseminated regular updates on desert locust infestations and control measures through the Government’s DLMCCs, and produced brochures, leaflets and newsletters on the desert locust situation in Arabic (Yemen).
  • Protected cropping areas through surveillance and control of swarms, thereby contributing towards the increased resilience and food security of affected households.
  • Reduced cases of contamination and exposure of teams to pesticides during aerial and ground control operations by providing access to critical safety equipment.
  • Successfully strengthened national capacities in desert locust monitoring, rapid response and safety in pesticide use.