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West Africa | Desert locust crisis appeal, May–December 2020

Anticipatory action and rapid response










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    Brochure, flyer, fact-sheet
    Desert locust upsurge
    Progress report on the response in West Africa, May–December 2020
    2021
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    By the end of December 2020, about 18 percent of the USD 50 million appeal has been mobilized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in preparedness and anticipatory actions to control desert locust swarms and safeguard livelihoods in West Africa and the Sahel following the release of its crisis appeal in May 2020. FAO’s Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO) secretariat and the countries at risk including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger and Senegal activated their respective contingency plans to cope with the threat of a desert locust invasion from East Africa. Monitoring teams were deployed, trainings were conducted and procurement was launched. Although the imminent threat of an invasion from East Africa has significantly reduced since June 2020, FAO must remain vigilant and the capacity to conduct surveillance and coordination activities must be maintained. Early action to enhance preparedness in West Africa is especially important considering that 17.2 million people were projected to face acute food insecurity (Cadre Harmonisé Phase 3 and above) during the lean season (June–August 2020) in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger, Nigeria and Senegal according to the Cadre Harmonisé analysis released in March 2020. If an upsurge of desert locust had occurred in West Africa, this could have led to a significant decline in food security given compounding vulnerabilities (e.g. climate, conflict and COVID‑19 impacts). FAO is continuing to monitor the potential desert locust threat in the Sahel. FAO’s CLCPRO, together with FAO’s Regional Resilience, Emergency and Rehabilitation Office for West Africa/Sahel (REOWA) based in Dakar, is working closely with at-risk countries in anticipatory actions such as training, pre-positioning of resources and initiating impact assessment scenarios as well as ground and aerial surveillance operations.
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    Strengthening early actions and rapid response to mitigate impacts of the desert locust invasion on food security and livelihoods in the frontline countries of West Africa and the Sahel 2020
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    According to results of the latest Cadre Harmonisé analysis of food security in the Sahel, 17 million people may be facing severe acute food and nutrition insecurity (Phase 3 and above) by June–August 2020 (lean season). An additional 9 million people could suffer from a Desert Locust attack in the nine countries concerned by the potential current crisis. It is thus crucial to provide support to surveillance and control efforts of frontline countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and the Niger) in order to protect the livelihoods of already vulnerable farmers and pastoralists.
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    Anticipatory action to mitigate impacts of the desert locust invasion on food security and livelihoods in the front-line countries of West Africa and the Sahel
    Project profile: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger and Senegal
    2021
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    The impact of a desert locust invasion may cause nearly 13.4 million people to suffer from acute levels of food insecurity in the targeted countries. This situation would add further strain to the livelihoods of vulnerable people already facing sanitary and socio-economic consequences of coronavirus disease 2019, the impact of climate change and conflict. In accordance with Scenario 1 of FAO’s regional appeal for desert locust launched on 21 May 2020, the project will target six countries, namely: (i) the frontline countries: Chad, Mali, Mauritania and the Niger; and (ii) Burkina Faso and Senegal.

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