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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
    Programme — Campaign 2013/14
    2014
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    Madagascar is prone to natural disasters, including drought, flooding, cyclones and locust crises. The current locust plague began in April 2012, following a twoyear 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, the food security of 13 million people (60 percent of the population) could be affected. To address this dire situation, the Ministry of Agriculture of Madagascar and the Fo od and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed a Three-year Programme (2013-2016) in response to the plague, for which funds have been actively sought since December 2012.
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    Response to the locust plague in Madagascar Campaign 2014/15
    Interim Report N. 1, September 2014 – February 2015
    2015
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    The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to safeguarding the food security of the most vulnerable rural populations in Madagascar. The specific objective of the 2014/15 campaign is to support the decline of the Malagasy Migratory Locust plague and thus limit damage to crops and pastures. Achieving this objective will reduce the geographical scope and size of the areas infested and contaminated by the Malagasy Migratory Locust outside the Outbreak Area, as well as the number and si ze of grouped locust populations (hopper bands and swarms), and trigger the degregarization of these populations. The implemented strategy includes identifying locust population hotspots, regularly monitoring their dynamics (mostly by aerial surveys to establish forecasts that are as accurate as possible) and deploying and making the best use of available control means in accordance with best practices in agriculture, human health and the environment.

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