The Food and Agriculture Organisation has thanked the Russian Federation for supporting the fight against the desert locust outbreak in East Africa, according to a piece on reliefweb.
The situation remains alarming. In the six East African countries worst affected or at risk of locusts – Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania – around 20 million people are already experiencing acute food insecurity. A further 15 million are at risk in Yemen, which is also being affected by the pest.
FAO issued an emergency humanitarian appeal totalilng $153.2 million for a package including surveillance and control operations, pesticides and their means of delivery (agricultural leases, mobile and portable sprayers), as well as food, fodder and seeds for farmers and pastoralists.
So far FAO has received $117.3 million in donations from national governments, foundations and other organizations but there is a shortfall of $35.9 million.