Somalia | Mitigating the impacts of desert locusts on vulnerable rural populations

Somalia | Mitigating the impacts of desert locusts on vulnerable rural populations
May 2021

Since early 2020, desert locust swarms have swept across Somalia resulting in the worst invasion the country has seen in a quarter of a century. Having already been impacted by food insecurity and climate extremes among other threats, Somalia was one of the countries most affected by the upsurge, which ravaged the entire region, and was the first to declare a state of emergency. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with the Federal Government of Somalia has implemented multiple desert locust mitigation projects to control the spread of the disastrous pest, address immediate food needs and mitigate the impact on the livelihoods of vulnerable desert locust-affected communities. To achieve this, activities including input (seeds, tools) and cash distributions, air and ground control operations, surveys to monitor desert locust movements and the construction of monitoring centres have since been carried out. Generous funding from various resource partners have so far allowed FAO and its partners to safeguard the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Somalia. 

Contributors to the desert locust regional appeal, in which Somalia is included, are Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States, the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, the African Union, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the European Union, the Louis Dreyfus Foundation, the Mastercard Foundation, the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA), the Sudan Humanitarian Fund, and the World Bank Group.

Project codes: OSRO/SOM/010/CHA, OSRO/GLO/007/USA, OSRO/GLO/024/UK, TCP/SOM/3801, OSRO/GLO/013/MTC, OSRO/GLO/001/CHA, OSRO/GLO/003/SWI, OSRO/SOM/907/UK, OSRO/SOM/001/SWE, OSRO/GLO/008/BMG, GCP/GLO/951/EC, OSRO/GLO/015/FRA, OSRO/GLO/006/GER, OSRO/GLO/019/NOR, OSRO/SOM/009/EC

Author: FAO in Somalia