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Algeria + 10 others
FAO Desert Locust Update - 15 Nov 2004

General situation as of 15 November 2004
The Desert Locust situation remains extremely serious in Northwest Africa where significant efforts are being made to control numerous immature swarms from the summer breeding areas in the Sahel. In West Africa, a substantial number of swarms remain in western and southwestern Mauritania, and smaller infestations are present in northern Mali and Niger. Locusts have declined in the other Sahelian countries. More than 700,000 ha have been treated so far this month in West and Northwest Africa. A few more swarms were reported in northern
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Mauritania + 9 others
Sahelian Africa - Locust Emergency: Situation Report #2 (FY 2005)

Note: The last situation report was dated October 8, 2004.


During July and September 2003, favorable climatic conditions resulted in increased locust breeding levels throughout Sahelian West Africa. The density of the swarms increased during October and November in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger, and the locusts became gregarious. With an average life span of four months, each gregarious female can lay up to 200 eggs in its lifetime. The locusts matured from July to October in Mali and Niger, and then moved on to Northwest Africa for a second breeding

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Algeria + 13 others
FAO Desert Locust Bulletin No. 313 - 03 Nov 2004

General Situation during October 2004

Forecast until mid-December 2004

The Desert Locust situation remained extremely serious during October. There has been a significant redistribution of populations from West to Northwest Africa. As vegetation dried out, numerous swarms left the summer breeding areas in the Sahel, West Africa and invaded Morocco and Algeria. Some swarms arrived in the Cape Verde Islands. A few swarms also reached the Mediterranean coast near the Libyan and Egyptian border and crossed the sea to Crete, and probably to Cyprus

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Ghana + 12 others
West Africa: Humanitarian Situation Report No. 9, Oct 2004

UNOWA convened a conference on 4-5 October to develop integrated conflict prevention and peace building strategies for especially sensitive border areas in West Africa. The conference discussed among other topics the emergence of hidden tensions among host communities, internally-displaced persons, returning migrants and third country nationals living in these areas and possible responses by political and humanitarian actors.



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