Total allocations: US$2,294,798
5 August 2013: For more than two years, Madagascar has endured multiple locust outbreaks – particularly in Tsihombe district in southern Madagascar. One of the world’s poorest countries, Madagascar remains vulnerable to recurring natural disasters because the government is unable to resolve humanitarian crises when they arise.
More than one hundred locust swarms are currently plaguing the country. The locust population is expected to continue growing and may soon affect more than 1.5 million hectares—two-thirds of Madagascar’s total area.
With humanitarian needs increasing, CERF allocated some US$55 million for the second underfunded emergencies window in August 2012 to bolster operations in eight neglected humanitarian emergencies.
14 November 2011: The Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated $2 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in response to a locust upsurge in Madagascar.
CERF funds will be used to safeguard the food security of rural communities affected by the locusts, especially in the South where 68 per cent of households are food insecure.
The FAO project is designed to not only arrest the current upsurge but to reduce locust populations to protect crops and pastures during the 2011-2012 rainy season and beyond. With CERF funds, the impact of the locusts on agricultural production and food security will be assessed and lessons learned from related campaigns will be integrated into emergency contingency plans. More than 2 million people are expected to benefit from the project.