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Situation Update - Locust Crisis in Madagascar - 8 May 2014

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  • Since April 2012, Madagascar has been facing a plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, that threatens the livelihoods of 13 million people in the country, 9 million of whom earn a living from agriculture.

  • It is estimated that at least three successive locust control campaigns costing USD 43.9 million* are required to return to a recession of the locust populations by treating over 2 million hectares between September 2013 and September 2016. One or two campaigns alone will not be enough to reach this objective.

  • Since the start of the 1st campaign, in September 2013, locust populations have been controlled on nearly 993 000 hectares.

  • The three-year programme, jointly prepared by FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture, in response to the plague focuses on:

    • Improving the monitoring and analysis of the locust situation o Large-scale aerial control operations
    • Monitoring and mitigating the impact of locust control operations on human health and the environment
    • Assessing the effectiveness of each locust campaign and the impact of locusts on crops and pastures
  • On 23 April 2014, the Government of Japan signed a funding agreement of USD 2 million to contribute to the 2014/2015 locust campaign. The current funding gap exceeds USD 15 million. All funds are required to fully implement the programme, else the plague could severely affect a family’s ability to provide for itself.