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. In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated US$5 million to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO will monitor the locust outbreak, preserve human health and protect the environment Read more >>
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF releases funds through the Underfunded Emergencies window
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated an unprecedented US$175 million to neglected emergencies in 2013. Twelve humanitarian emergencies received some $100 million in the first underfunded emergencies round in January 2013. Another thirteen hidden emergencies were provided some $75 million through the second underfunded emergencies round in July 2013.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, selected the following countries to benefit from the underfunded emergencies window: Bangladesh ($2 million), Chad ($8 million), Colombia ($3.5 million), Democratic People Republic of Korea ($6 million), Djibouti ($3 million), Haiti ($1.5 million), Madagascar ($3 million), Mauritania ($4 million), Myanmar ($3 million), Niger ($8 million), Pakistan ($10 million), Philippines ($3 million) and Somalia ($20 million).