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.
Some 13 million people are expected to benefit from the allocation.