CERF allocates $5 million to tackle locust plague in Madagascar

25 Oct 2013
Allocation Story: 
Allocation Story

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.

Madagascar 2013

21 Aug 2013

CERF in Action - Rapid Response


CERF releases funds through the Underfunded Emergencies window


Madagascar 2012

13 Aug 2012

CERF gives $2 million to Madagascar

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.

Madagascar 2011

23 Jan 2012

CERF allocates $2 million to control locust upsurge in Madagascar

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.

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