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Emergency Response to African Migratory Locust (AML) Outbreak in Angola - TCP/ANG/3804








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    At least four countries in Southern Africa ( Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are faced by serious outbreaks of African Migratory Locust (AML Locusta migratoria The control of hopper bands and swarms by respective governments has been only partially successful, and the pest has spread from its traditional breeding areas in the Okavango delta, Chobe wetlands and the Zambezi plains into new areas The growing number of AML hotspots represents a potential threat to food and nutrition security and livelihoods for millions of vulnerable households in the affected countries In Botswana, pest outbreaks were first reported at three sites in North West, Chobe and Ghanzi districts By June 2020 swarms of the pest had spread to around 48 new sites, affecting an estimated 21 728 ha, comprising 730 ha of crops and 20 998 ha of grassland and pasture The vulnerable smallholder farmers affected lost their entire crop to the pest.
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    Angola locust outbreak 2021 2021
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    The African Migratory Locust (AML) outbreak was reported in Angola in 2020 in the south-eastern country in Cuando Cubango. Angola established a Multisectorial Commission (MC) to coordinate the locust control and monitor activities. The MC is integrated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, FAO, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Administration of Territory, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment, and Angola Army Forces. FAO Angola has been providing technical assistance to the technical working group coordinating actions. Angola is a beneficiary of the Southern Africa Emergency Locust Response and Preparedness Project funded by FAO's Technical Cooperation Programme and the Government of Belgium. The project supports the technical assistance and procurement to deliver appropriate biopesticides, personnel protective equipment, specialized locust control equipment, and health monitoring material to strengthen the capacity of locust control units to implement timely ground operations. FAO provides equipment and materials to affected areas with the support of the National Air Force of Angola (FANA).

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