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FAO welcomes €17 million from Germany to combat desert locust in Africa

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 2, 2020
FAO Director General Qu Dongyu has welcomed a €17 million contribution from Germany to provide assistance to those directly affected by the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa.
Qu Dongyu
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Germany's Permanent Representative to FAO, Ulrich Seidenberger, made the announcement in FAO headquarters in Rome. The new pledge comes after Germany already contributed €3 million.

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"I want to thank Germany for its generous contribution and for recognizing the urgent need to alleviate the alarming impact of the Desert Locust upsurge," Qu said. "We are working to curb the locusts' spread but we also need to safeguard livelihoods and promote early recovery."'

FAO's Desert Locust Information Service says it is the worst outbreak to strike Ethiopia and Somalia for 25 years and the worst infestation that Kenya has experienced in 70 years. Djibouti and Eritrea have also been affected, and locusts have been reported in South Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, although the situation there is less dire.

This week new swarms appeared in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and reached the Islamic Republic of Iran.