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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. 

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 436 226
04/03/2020-31/12/2020
Project code:
OSRO/GLO/009/CAN
Objective:

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).
Impact:
  • 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.