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12 Dec 2004 description

6 – 12 December 2004

1. Overview of the situation

Several immature swarms have arrived in the Central River, North Bank and Upper River divisions in Gambia in the past few days, and control operations have been launched. These swarms are left over from late summer breeding in the Sahel and are coming from eastern Senegal and western Mali. They are likely to be limited in number and the risk of additional incoming swarms should decline.

Groups of immature adults are present in northern Mali and in Tamesna in northwest Niger.

26 Oct 2004 description

Déclaration d'une adjointe au porte-parole du Quai d'Orsay

(Paris, le 26 octobre 2004)

Une réunion des bailleurs de fonds de la lutte préventive contre les criquets pèlerins en Afrique du Nord et du Nord-Ouest s'est tenue hier à Paris à l'initiative du ministère des Affaires étrangères et avec la collaboration de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'Agriculture et l'Alimentation (OAA-FAO).

Se déroulant dans le contexte de la grave invasion acridienne qui sévit actuellement dans cette région, la réunion a permis à l'Organisation pour Agriculture …

15 Oct 2004 description

General situation as of 15 October 2004

Desert Locust swarms continued to leave the Sahel in West Africa during the first half of October and appeared in Northwest Africa. Most of these swarms were moving towards the north and northwest. So far, they have arrived in northwest Mauritania, southern Western Sahara, southern Algeria and the Cape Verde Islands. Some of the swarms in Western Sahara continued north and nearly reached the southern side of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

10 Oct 2004 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.
In Brief

This Information Bulletin (no. 1/2004) is being issued for information only. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.

For longer-term programmes, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeals:

06 Oct 2004 description
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04 Oct 2004 description
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General Situation during September 2004
Forecast until mid-November 2004

01 Oct 2004 description

Rome, 1 October 2004 -- Desert locust control operations have been expanded in West Africa, but countries are still facing serious shortages of pesticides and aircraft, FAO said today.

20 Sep 2004 description

FAO has re-established an Emergency Centre for Locust Operations (ECLO) based at headquarters. ECLO continually reviews the locust situation and is the focal point for assistance to locust affected countries. It sets priorities for the assistance needed based on a continuous flow of information from the field to meet country needs. It also registers donor support, prepares project documents and liaises on a continuous basis with affected countries and FAO staff on the ground.

20 Sep 2004 description

Rome 20 September 2004: To stop the spread of the desert locust the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has approved USD 1.55 million in grants.

14 Sep 2004 description

September 14, 2004, Baltimore, MD -- As agricultural programs across West Africa show the devastation of the swarms of desert locusts that have descended upon the region, pest control measures so far have reached only a fraction of the areas already hit by what the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has described as the worst plague since 1987-1989.

"The sky was dark of locusts and the swarm was everywhere. Children were burning abandoned tires and dry wood to keep away the locusts," said Massamba Gningue of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Senegal.

20 Aug 2004 description

ROME - Extreme weather and other natural disasters, from the locust plague in West Africa to freezing weather in Peru, are presenting unique challenges for the United Nations World Food Programme at a moment when it is heavily involved in Darfur and elsewhere.

"Our people on the ground are struggling to combat the effects of these disasters on millions of hungry people," said John M. Powell, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme.