Toggle text

Senegal + 4 others
West African leaders use armies to fight locusts

Dakar/Nairobi (dpa) - The leaders of twelve West African countries have agreed to use their armed forces to fight locusts which have wreaked havoc in the region during recent weeks, news reports said Wednesday.
After talks late Tuesday in the Senegalese capital Dakar, ministers agreed to coordinate crop-spraying operations from five bases in Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, the BBC reported.

Senegals President Abdolaye Wade said that only the mobilisation of military forces could stop the locust infestation from spreading further.

The infestations of the desert locust

Deutsche Presse Agentur:

Copyright (c) dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

Toggle text

Africa: Weather hazards assessment 2 - 8 Sep 2004


Weekly Introduction:
Southern Africa CCA Guidance for November -- January at Four Month Lead

The outlook for southern Africa rainfall at four months lead indicates a tilt of the odds for below normal rainfall over northern Mozambique, southern Malawi and southwestern Tanzania. There is a tilt of the odds toward above normal rainfall over much of southern Africa and limited regions of Angola and Zaire. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Toggle text

Algeria + 7 others
ADB urges affected countries to fulfil conditions for the disbursement of funds to tackle locust invasion

Tunis, 1 September 2004 - The African Development Bank (ADB) Group has initiated moves to fast-track the release of Funds already approved by the Boards of Directors of the Bank to assist in the fight against the current locust invasion in countries in the northwestern parts of Africa.

On 23 August 2004, the Bank approved an emergency grant of 2 million US dollars from its Special Relief Funds to eight countries in the region - Algeria, Chad, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia - as part of a multi-donor package to tackle the locust plague.

Toggle text

Algeria + 9 others
West Africa develops battleplan for anti-locust fight

by Alexandre Grosbois

DAKAR, Aug 31 (AFP) - West Africa should deploy its armed forces to battle the worst invasion by desert locusts in more than a decade to prevent a food crisis from crippling some of the world's poorest countries, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said Tuesday.

"I propose that we mobilize the army because for me this is a real war," Wade said in an opening address at a day-long meeting gathering agriculture ministers from 10 west African countries.

Wade proposed mounting five operational

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

Toggle text

Senegal + 6 others
Locusts invade West Africa's grain belt


Massive swarms of locust continue to spread throughout West Africa's Sahel grain belt as harvest season begins this month. Currently, the worst affected country is Mauritania; locusts continue to breed and spread into other countries such as Senegal, Mali, and Niger. Locust swarms also have been reported in Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, and northwestern Nigeria (Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi states), where millions of peasant farmers grow maize, millet, sorghum, beans, groundnuts, and cotton.

Toggle text

Burkina Faso + 7 others
Afrique de l'Ouest: Rapport sur la Situation Humanitaire No. 7, Août 2004

I. EVÉNEMENTS SIGNIFICATIFS
Atelier sur le processus du CAP 2004-2005

OCHA RSO a organisé un atelier du 4 au 5 août à l'Hôtel Méridien Président de Dakar sur le processus du CAP de 2004-2005. Cet atelier a vu la participation des agences humanitaires du système des Nations Unies1, les Coordinateurs résidents des pays 2, les organisations internationales3, les ONGs4 et les bailleurs de fonds5. Il a été l'occasion de fructueux échanges entre les différents acteurs humanitaires sur le contexte de la sous région, les grandes questions humanitaires,

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

Toggle text

Locust swarms put Mali's economic mainstay at risk

MALI/NEW YORK, 27 August 2004 - Swarms of locusts have invaded Mali (along with Mauritania and other Sahelian countries) putting the economic mainstay of the country - agriculture - at high risk.

Mali covers a vast territory - the country is twice the size of France. The locust plague has affected the area north of the 14th parallel, including the regions of Tombouctou, Gao and Kayes.

In Mali, agriculture accounts for about 40 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 80 per cent of the population is dependent on the rural sector. Mali was the top cotton producer

Toggle text

Afghanistan + 36 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 35 of 2004


(A) Highlights
(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iran

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Eritrea, (4) Ethiopia, (5) Rwanda, (6) Somalia, (7) Sudan, (8) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Sahel region (2) Chad, (3) Cote d'Ivoire, (4) Guinea, (5) Liberia, (6) Sierra Leone

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Madagascar, (5) Malawi, (6) Mozambique, (7) Namibia, (8) Zambia, (9) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) Indonesia

Toggle text

Burkina Faso + 6 others
Dramatic locust situation in West Africa - donor response positive

FAO NEWS RELEASE 04/95e

Around $37 million committed or in the pipeline - more funds urgently needed

Rome, 26 August 2004 -- The international community has responded positively to an appeal launched by FAO to assist countries in west and northwest Africa in their fight against desert locusts, FAO said today.

The UN agency warned, however, that the locust situation in the countries affected remains dramatic and that more international support is urgently needed.

So far, a total of $32 million from the international community have been approved or are in the pipeline. Some

Toggle text

Algeria + 6 others
FAO Desert Locust Update - 26 Aug 2004

The Desert Locust situation continues to be extremely worrying in West Africa where largescale breeding is in progress in Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and Niger. This is expected to lead to a substantial increase in locust numbers and new swarms are likely to start forming in southern Mauritania by the end of August. Significant crop damage has been reported in several countries but quantitative data are lacking. A swarm was reported in northeastern Chad. The risk remains that some swarms could reach Darfur, Sudan. Although additional funds have been forthcoming, control
Toggle text

Algeria + 7 others
African Development Bank grants two million dollars to fight locusts

TUNIS, Aug 26 (AFP) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a grant of two million dollars (1.66 million euros) to help eight countries on the continent battle the worst locust invasion in more than a decade, a statement by the bank said Thursday.

The grant is intended to help the governments of Algeria, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, and Tunisia protect farmland, pastures and forests, to safeguard the environment against the destruction wreaked by the swarms of locusts and to ensure food security, the statement said.

The grant funds will be managed by the

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

Toggle text

Chad + 5 others
Canada helps West and North Africans cope with locust invasion

Ottawa - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that Canada has contributed $ 6.5 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in support of massive national locust control operations in West Africa. In addition, preventative actions will be taken in North Africa to help counter a major locust invasion in that region over the coming year. Currently, countries in West Africa, particularly those in the Sahel, are fighting one of the worst locust invasions since the late 1980s.
Toggle text

Algeria + 8 others
West African countries to meet in Dakar on locust problem

DAKAR, Aug 25 (AFP) - Agriculture and defense ministers from 16 African countries are to gather next week in Dakar to discuss a common strategy to battle locusts, Senegalese officials said Wednesday.

Ministers from South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria will on Tuesday join the 13 member states of the Western Region Anti-Locust Commission, CLCPRO, at the meeting called by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, a statement from the Senegalese agriculture ministry said.

"The meeting will focus on how we can marshal our forces to protect the most vulnerable areas," a ministry

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

Toggle text

Algeria + 7 others
African Development Bank joins fight against locusts in northwestern Africa

Tunis, 25 August 2004 - The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of 2 million US dollars in emergency assistance to 8 countries in northwestern Africa currently suffering the ravages of a locust invasion.

Algeria, Chad, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia, will benefit from the emergency assistance that will be implemented by the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The ADB grant is intended to

  • assist the governments of the countries concerned in their efforts to protect the agro-pastoral and forest heritage;
Toggle text

Mali rapport mensuel sur la sécurité alimentaire 25 Août 2004

RESUME

La situation phytosanitaire demeure préoccupante dans le pays. Toute la bande sahélienne et les régions du Nord y sont concernées.

Le Sahel occidental du Mali, récemment visité par FEWS NET est concerné par cette invasion des criquets pèlerins en provenance de la Mauritanie. C'est une zone agro-pastorale par excellence à l'ouest du pays dans la région de Kayes. Au nord à la frontière avec la Mauritanie domine l'élevage transhumant, associant une agriculture sous pluie (sorgho ou mil). Au sud de cette zone, vers le fleuve Sénégal, l'agriculture

Toggle text

Burkina Faso + 6 others
Swarms of locusts pose serious threat to food supply for children in West Africa

WEST AFRICA, Senegal, New York, 24 August 2004 - Across countries in West and Central Africa swarms of locusts are ravaging farmlands. In the past few weeks, these ravenous creatures, who can eat their own weight in food in a day, have already attacked 6.5 million hectares of cultivated land in the region.

The affected countries currently include Burkina Faso, Chad, the Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Niger. Children, women and men living in these countries who depend on the ravaged crops face a serious risk of food shortages in the coming months.

Toggle text

Mauritania + 7 others
Rapport spécial sur la situation de l'invasion acridienne No. 1


United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - West Africa Regional Office
L'invasion acridienne qui sévit actuellement dans le Sahel est la plus grave depuis celle de 1987-1989. En effet, depuis juillet-août 2003, les conditions écologiques se sont révélées favorables à la reproduction des criquets notamment grâce à la régularité des pluies dans le Sahel.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

Toggle text

Mauritania + 7 others
Africa: Special report on the situation of the locust invasion No. 1

The locust invasion that is currently taking place in the Sahel region is worse than the last invasion that occurred in 1987-89. Since July-August 2003, favourable ecological conditions and the regularity of rainfalls in particular have allowed for a more rapid reproduction of locusts in the Sahel.
Since October 2003,specialized institutions, concerned governments and the international community have noticed an increase in numbers and a new regrouping of locusts into swarms in Mauritania, Mali and Niger.

In the period following the alert of

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.