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Somalia And Somaliland To Benefit From New UK Support To Tackle Locusts

 MOGADISHU, Somalia, 23 July 2020 / PRN Africa / --

UK aid package will help control millions of locusts attacking crops across East Africa, Yemen and South West Asia

Somalia is set to benefit from new UK funding to tackle this year's unprecedented locust outbreaks across Africa and Asia.

The UK's International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan today announced a further 18 million pounds in response to the crisis. She made the announcement during a visit to British company Micron Group, which supplies pesticide sprayers to the United Nation's Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).

 

Locust swarms have grown 20 times larger since March 2020. In Somalia, new swarms of the desert locusts from current breeding have coincided with the start of the Gu rains. The FAO predict a 15-25% decrease in the upcoming Gu harvest.

The UK International Development Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said:

"Vulnerable communities are on the brink of starvation because of the biggest locust outbreak in decades, made worse by the coronavirus pandemic. But unless other countries also step up and act now, this crisis will spread and cause even more devastation."

Of the new funding announced today, 17 million pounds will go to the FAO's emergency appeal to help to control the increase of locusts across East Africa including Somalia, Yemen and South West Asia, as well as reduce the risk of swarms spreading into the Sahel.

1million pounds will go towards improving early warning and forecasting systems for desert locusts, so that countries can prepare for their arrival.

 

The British Ambassador to Somalia, Ben Fender, said:

"The outbreaks of desert locusts in Somalia and Somaliland are affecting some of the most vulnerable communities in the country, who are already having a very difficult year as a result of floods and COVID. We are working with FAO and Somali government to scale up surveillance and control operations to combat the locusts and protect the harvests."

The new funding follows 8 million pounds provided by the UK earlier this year to the FAO locust appeal, supporting Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Tanzania and Pakistan. A supercomputer funded by UK aid is also helping countries in East Africa to track locust movements around the continent.

Since January this year, the FAO has successfully controlled over 600,000 hectares of land, saved 1.2m tons crops with a value of $372 million, and eradicated over 400 million locusts in 10 countries in East Africa.

 

 

SOURCE British Embassy Mogadishu

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