FAO and the World Bank, working together to help Yemen keep locusts under control

Feb 2022

In Yemen, over 70% of the rural population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods.

In 2020, the country suffered the worst desert locust invasion in recent years.

Desert locusts remain a significant threat to food security and livelihoods, as the pest consumes crops and vegetation. 

With support from FAO and the international community, Yemen was able to slow down the locust upsurge through massive surveillance and control operations.

FAO and the World Bank are now partnering to build on the gains made.

Their response aims to:

1) Control the desert locust outbreak 

2) Support livelihoods in locust-affected areas

3) Strengthen Yemen’s preparedness and coordination by establishing a network of desert locust control centers and an early response system, and by connecting Yemen with regional networks.

Preventing food crises triggered by desert locusts will save lives.

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