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Response to the locust plague

Three-year Programme 2013–2016







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    Response to the locust plague
    Programme – Campaign n° 2 2014/2015
    2015
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    Madagascar is prone to natural disasters, including drought, floods, cyclones and locust crises. The current locust plague began in April 2012, following a two-year upsurge that was not addressed owing to insufficient means. Given the extent of the plague, as well Madagascar’s high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition, it was estimated that the food security of 13 million people (60 percent of the population) could be affected in the absence of large-scale locust control operations. To cope with this dire situation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Madagascar and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed a Three-year Programme (2013-2016) in response to the plague in December 2012.
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    Response to the locust plague in Madagascar Campaign 2014/15
    Final Report September 2014 - August 2015
    2016
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    The current Malagasy Migratory Locust plague began in April 2012. Crops (mainly rice) and pastures were at risk of considerable damage from this locust plague, which could have had a significant negative impact on domestic supply and grain prices. In view of the scale of the plague, it was estimated that the food security of 13 million people (60 percent of the population) could be affected without large-scale locust control operations. To tackle this catastrophic situation, the Food and Agricul ture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of Madagascar developed jointly a Three-year Emergency Programme in response to the plague in December 2012.
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    Response to the locust plague in Madagascar Campaign 2013/14
    Interim Report N. 1 September 2013 - February 2014
    2014
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    The overall objective of the Programme is to safeguard the food security of rural populations in Madagascar. The specific objective of the first year of the Programme (i.e. from September 2013 to August 2014) is to stem the dynamics of the Malagasy Migratory Locust populations. The strategy will include identifying the hotspots of the locust populations, regularly monitoring these populations to establish accurate forecast and deploying and doing the best use of available control means according to good practices in agriculture, human health and the environment.

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