East Africa, including Djibouti, is facing the worst desert locust invasion in more than 25 years. The swarms ravaged agricultural crops and pastures; thus threatening food and nutrition security in already vulnerable countries, such as Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti. With the significant losses of pasture due to the damage caused by the Desert Locust Desert Locusts, which also coincided with flooding, the most vulnerable households that depend on livestock need support to maintain their herds (and the milk production of their animals) until the pastures regenerate in the next short rainy season.
This is why FAO, in support of the Government of Djibouti, is implementing activities aimed at restoring the production capacities of households affected by the desert locust by providing, among other things, complementary feed for farm animals and cash transfers so that beneficiaries can cover their most immediate needs, including food. This support materialized through the distribution of feed for livestock, animals, goat heads, seeds and agricultural tools to farmers in the five regions of Djibouti, from April 28 to May 8, 2021.
“ This is an opportunity, once again, to underline the importance of collaboration between government institutions and the United Nations System. Djibouti suffered huge losses as a result of the locust invasion. Fortunately, all our actions on the ground are made possible, thanks to the involvement of the government, financial partners, and especially the population. »Underlined the FAO Representative in Djibouti, Dr Dademanao PissangTchangaiPissang Tchangai, during his speech.
This support for the Djiboutian population was able to be implemented thanks to the financial support of the World Bank and the German government, and in close close collaboration with the MAEPE-RH. It follows on from the cash transfer operations launched in February 2021 and which will allow the most vulnerable households to regain their autonomy.
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations