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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.
General Situation during November 2004
Forecast until mid-January 2005
- La Tunisie est concernée par sept projets, dont un projet national et six projets régionaux de lutte antiacridienne. Ces projets sont financés par l'Australie, la Banque Africaine de Développement, la Banque Islamique de Développement, la Belgique, les Pays-Bas, la République tchèque et le Programme de la Coopération technique de la FAO (PCT).
- Les projets actuellement en cours prévoient pour la Tunisie une allocation budgétaire d'environ 1.3 million de dollars EU.
General situation as of 15 November 2004
TUNIS, Nov.8 - Maghreban agriculture ministers have called for support to the anti-locusts action plan drafted by the Arab Maghreb Union, a north African grouping mustering Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
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 …
DAKAR, le 19 octobre (IRIN) - Les bailleurs de fonds se réveillent et injectent actuellement des sommes importantes dans la lutte antiacridienne en Afrique de l'ouest, mais les experts agricoles préviennent qu'il faudra deux à trois ans pour venir à bout de la crise actuelle.
SAINT LOUIS, le 17 octobre (IRIN) - Alors que des essaims de criquets s'abattaient sur les récoltes et les pâturages d'Afrique de l'Ouest pendant la saison des pluies de cette année, les premières équipes étrangères d'intervention au sol ne sont pas venues des traditionnels bailleurs de fonds européens ou américains, mais des pays du Maghreb.
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.
What's at stake when locusts invade?
What do a shepherd in Northwest Africa, a plant protection expert in the Sahel and a Ministry of Agriculture official in either region have in common? Their lives at the moment are dominated by an invasion of highly mobile winged insects that are marauding over their territories.
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By JAN EGELAND
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.
The present intervention …
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 …
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5 August 2004 -- With the summer season shaping up as vital in determining whether the locust infestation in West Africa turns into a plague, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is appealing to the global community for additional funds for massive national operations to control the crop-devouring insects.
"Donor support is urgently needed for targeted ground and aerial spraying and for environmental monitoring," the Rome-based agency said in a warning yesterday, the latest in a series it has issued over the past several months.
Affected countries report large number
of swarms - international support urgently needed
5 August 2004, Rome - While large locust swarms continue to arrive in West African countries, the locust situation is returning to normal in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, FAO said today.
FAO urged donor countries to provide additional funds in support of massive national locust control operations.