Desert Locust swarms in northern Kenya

FAO welcomes additional €15 million from the European Union to fight Desert Locusts and their impacts on food security


Sustained support critical as new swarms threaten East Africa, Yemen and southwestern Asia

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, QU Dongyu, today welcomed a €15 million contribution from the European Union to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as a new wave of locusts is emerging in the region.

The European Commission said it had allocated funds to support the UN agency and partner countries in combatting the worst Desert Locust upsurges seen in the region in decades. The funds came via the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (EU DEVCO). The EU made a previous contribution of €11 million to the locust appeal in February.

"I want to thank the European Union for its generous contribution and sustained support," Qu said. "The battle against the Desert Locust is a long one and far from over -- sustained support is critical if we are going to contain this pest threat."