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31 Aug 2004 description

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.

27 Aug 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

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.

27 Aug 2004 description

(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

26 Aug 2004 description

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.

26 Aug 2004 description


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.

25 Aug 2004 description


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).

25 Aug 2004 description

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.

25 Aug 2004 description

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 …
24 Aug 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

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.

23 Aug 2004 description

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.

23 Aug 2004 description

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.

19 Aug 2004 description
report AlertNet

By Sabina Zawadzki

LONDON (AlertNet) - Swarms of locusts sweeping through much of West Africa may advance as far as Saudi Arabia or even India, depending on whether the creatures take root in Sudan, a senior U.N.

17 Aug 2004 description

GENÈVE, le 17 août 2004 (OMM) - L'année dernière, des pluies exceptionnellement abondantes ont entraîné une amélioration des conditions écologiques dans la région sahélienne. Combiné à des températures et une humidité élevées, cet état de fait est à l'origine de l'explosion des populations de criquets observée cette année. Malgré des opérations de lutte de grande envergure, la situation est en train de devenir extrêmement grave dans le nord?ouest de l'Afrique, où le criquet pèlerin pourrait mettre à mal l'agriculture.

17 Aug 2004 description

GENEVA, 17 August 2004 (WMO) - Exceptionally heavy rains last year led to the improvement of ecological conditions in the Sahelian region. But this condition, combined with high temperatures and humidity, has resulted in an exceptionally high locust breeding rate this year. Despite massive control operations, the desert locust situation is now becoming extremely serious in Northwest Africa threatening to overwhelm agriculture in the region. In the coming weeks, the weather in the region is expected to remain hot and humid as the seasonal monsoon rains begin to affect more countries.

13 Aug 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

OUAGADOUGOU, 13 August (IRIN) - Swarms of locusts appeared in Burkina Faso for the first time this week but they have so far caused only slight damage to crops in the far north of this landlocked West African country, Alphonse Banou, the Minister for Animal Resources said.

He told a meeting of donor representatives on Thursday that swarms of locusts were first sighted in the northern provinces of Soum and Oudalam near the frontier with Mali on Monday.

"For the moment, crop damage is minimal," …

13 Aug 2004 description

General Situation as of 13 August 2004

12 Aug 2004 description

Improved rains benefited crop and pasture development in July but harvest prospects have deteriorated as desert locusts spread across the Sahel

MAP - Synthesis situation map as of 12 Aug 04


Rains were generally regular and widespread over the main producing zones of the Sahel in July. Precipitation remained generally widespread over most producing areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania.