African Development Bank approves $1.5 million as emergency relief to curb the spread of desert locust swarms

Nine nations in the East and Horn of Africa will be provided financial aid after African Development Bank has approved a $1.5 million emergency relief grant to contain the spread of desert locust swarms posing threats to livelihoods and food security.

The Board of Directors on Wednesday, April 8, will channel the proposed assistance to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) that has been tasked with mobilizing resources on behalf of the African Union.

The move comes as IGAD come in collaboration with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that will act as the Executing Agency for the grant. The FAO is a leading coordination of development partner support to provide desert locust invasion control, safeguard of livelihoods and to provide early recovery of affected households in the given nations.

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