|On the morning of Tuesday, the 3rd March 2020 six out of nine regional states namely – Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’, as well as the administrative city of Dire Dawa, were affected by a desert locust invasion.
The desert locust invasion if not controlled could cause large scale-scale crop, pasture, and forest cover losses.
The Ethiopian government Ministry of Agriculture has conducted aerial control operations and treated 22, 500 ha but the scale of the problem is unprecedented since so far, the locusts have only been intercepted in 1,033km2.
As control operations need to be scaled up, Ethiopia national Disaster Risk Management together with Ethiopia Agriculture Task Force in collaboration with FAO has initiated an assessment of the impact of the locust invasion in Ethiopia and findings would be shared mid-March 2020.
ACT Ethiopia Forum is monitoring the situation and emergency teams are ready/preparing to respond according to the results of a contextual analysis and rapid needs assessment.