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FAO Desert Locust Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa Region

Afrique (Corne de )

Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : FAO Desert Locust Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa Region

Pays/Région : Afrique (Corne de ) Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya

Durée : 20.02.2020 // 19.06.2021

To control the spread of the worst outbreak of desert locusts in decades in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya) and safeguard livelihoods of thousands of affected vulnerable households, Switzerland intends to contribute to the regional desert locust crisis appeal by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : The Horn of Africa region is affected by the worst outbreak of desert locusts in decades. Thousands of hectares of cropland and pasture have been damaged so far in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia with severe consequences for livelihoods of millions of households in already fragile food security situation. The Desert Locust is considered the most destructive migratory pest in the world as it is highly mobile and feeds on large quantities of any kind of green vegetation, including crops, pasture and fodder. Currently, over 11.9 million people in these three countries are considered severely food insecure. Majority of these food insecure populations are women, children and minority groups that are excluded in resource sharing within their societies. The food insecurity situation is exacerbated by conflicts and other climate fragilities. The regional office of FAO launched the desert locust crisis appeal on 28th January 2020 for rapid response and anticipatory action in the Greater Horn of Africa. It aims to support the control of desert locusts and support initiatives that safeguard livelihoods and assist in early recovery. February and April 2020 will be used as a critical opportunity to implement actions to contain the spread of the locusts and protect the food production capacities of the affected households.
* Objectifs  : Overall goal of the project is to stop the widespread desert locust outbreak in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, safeguard livelihoods, support early livelihood recovery efforts and support coordination in the region.
* Groupes cibles  : Larger population affected by the crisis in the three Countries - Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. 80’000 households (including women and children) across the three countries that are worst affected by the desert locust invasion for livelihood support interventions. National fovernment officials for capacity strengthening ; the number of beneficiaries will be confirmed during the project implementation in the three target countries.

Partenaires  : Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture ; UNOCHA, WFP

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 2’000’000

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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