CERF allocates $2 million to control locust upsurge in Madagascar

14 November 2011 : The Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated $2 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in response to a locust upsurge in Madagascar.

CERF funds will be used to safeguard the food security of rural communities affected by the locusts, especially in the South where 68 per cent of households are food insecure.

The FAO project is designed to not only arrest the current upsurge but to reduce locust populations to protect crops and pastures during the 2011-2012 rainy season and beyond. With CERF funds, the impact of the locusts on agricultural production and food security will be assessed and lessons learned from related campaigns will be integrated into emergency contingency plans.

More than 2 million people are expected to benefit from the project.

Updated on 14 December 2011

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