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Critical support for desert locust prevention and control operations in Pakistan

Critical support for desert locust prevention and control operations in Pakistan

Full title of the project:

Critical support for desert locust prevention and control operations in Pakistan

Target areas:

Sindh and Balochistan Provinces

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 198 020
26/06/2020-30/06/2021
Project code:
OSRO/PAK/002/WFP
Objective:

To strengthen government capacities in the prevention and control of desert locust in the affected areas of Pakistan.

Key partners:

Ministry of National Food Security and Research.

Beneficiaries reached:

1 000 farming households.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 2 000 kg of vegetable seeds and 20 tonnes of NPK fertilizer to 1 000 households.
  • Provided the Department of Plant Protection of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research with four ultra-low volume sprayers and 30 eLocust3g devices.
  • Organized 30 one-day sessions aimed at enhancing the technical capacities of targeted households, including 540 female farmers, in kitchen gardening and locust control operations.
Impact:
  • Improved the food security and nutrition status of farming communities in targeted districts by enabling households to restart their agricultural production and by reducing malnutrition.
  • Effectively strengthened and amplified government efforts for the effective elimination of the desert locust infestation in a bid to protect crops and livelihoods of at-risk, poor farming households.
  • As a result of improved capacity, facilitated the protection of 30 000 ha of land from locust infestation through the use of the devices distributed to the Ministry.