Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Locust Control for Food Security in Madagascar

It's over a year since a locust plague was declared in Madagascar.
Massive swarms of the insects have damaged or destroyed large areas of cropland and pastures.
The FAO estimates that the food security and livelihoods of 60% of the population are threatened. Now a control campaign has finally been launched. The campaign will involve mapping the swarms and spraying.

The three-year campaign will cost $41.5 million and directly assist 13 million people including 9 million directly dependent on agriculture.

Would this be called Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). I really hope it would - it sounds way more useful than some of the community-based we-all-have-a-voice facipulated DRR interventions I've read about.

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