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Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region Newsletter, July 2020 – Issue #6











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    Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region Newsletter, December 2019 - Issue #5 2020
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    This is a report that contains the results obtained in 2019 by the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO). The content of the newsletter, December 2019 - Issue #5, offers a retrospective of the main actions and achievements of 2019, which was very rich in terms of actions and initiatives, based on an inclusive approach and a strong commitment from the Member States (CLCPRO). As a result, significant progress towards the sustainability of the Desert Locust preventive control strategy in the western region has been achieved, thus contributing to one of the main objectives of FAO which is nothing but zero hunger by 2030.
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    Annual report highlighting progress in controlling the desert locust in the central region, 2022 2024
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    The Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC) has been active since 1967, providing assistance to member countries. The commission’s role is to strengthen cooperation and coordination between member states. It supports the strategy of prevention to detect early signs of desert locust populations. The strategy aims to improve the performance of the national Desert Locust Units of member countries to enable better monitoring, prevention, early detection, and effective and timely control of transboundary desert locust. In 2022, CRC focused on building national and regional capacity for controlling the desert locust, especially after the latest upsurge (2019–2022). To this end, CRC provided training, workshops and meetings to obtain qualified personnel for survey, control operations, maintenance, environment, health and safety and campaign management. This report summarizes all activities taken place in 2022, highlighting efforts made and achievements gained as well as updates on the desert locust situation in the Central Region. Additionally, a remarkable cooperation has been established with the Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO), supporting the coordination and information and experience exchange.
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    West Africa | Desert locust crisis appeal, May–December 2020
    Anticipatory action and rapid response
    2020
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    Recent forecasts by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have indicated a risk of locust invasion in West Africa from June 2020. From East Africa, some swarms could reach the eastern part of the Sahel and continue westwards from Chad to Mauritania. Surveillance and control teams will be mobilized across the region with a focus on Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and the Niger, and extended to Senegal. Countries such as Cameroon, the Gambia and Nigeria are also on watch in the event that desert locust spreads to these highly acute food-insecure countries. Since the region could be threatened in the coming months, FAO is strongly encouraging no regret investments in preparedness and anticipatory action to control swarms and safeguard livelihoods, given already high levels of acute food insecurity. Therefore, cost estimates for preparedness, anticipatory action and rapid response have been assessed. FAO’s Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region and FAO’s subregional resilience team for West Africa and the Sahel are already working together with potentially affected countries for the implementation of anticipatory actions, such as training, pre-positioning of resources, initiating surveillance activities and control operations. The countries of the subregion most exposed to the threat of a locust invasion are Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger and Senegal. All of these countries are already facing the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which presents significant further risks to food security. Applying lessons from the 2003–2005 desert locust upsurge in West Africa and from the implementation of resilience programmes in the region, including its Early Warning Early Action approach, FAO is focusing on anticipatory action to avert a full blown food crisis, mainly by: scaling up support to governments to monitor and control the pest; and safeguarding livelihood interventions.

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