Pakistan gets £1m from UK’s DFID and UN’s FAO to fight locust outbreak

In order to contain the desert locust upsurge in several parts of Pakistan, an amendment agreement regarding the project ‘Building Disaster Resilience in Pakistan’ has been signed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations on April 18.

The agreement that has been signed virtually by the Head of DFID in Pakistan, Anabel Gerry, and the FAO representative in Pakistan, Mina Dowlatchahi, agrees to allot an additional sum of £1m to fight back the issue.

Anabel Gerry said, “This timely intervention will enable food security and sustainable agriculture for over 18,000 vulnerable farmers.” He added, “It is great that we were able to work with FAO to rapidly respond to the devastating situation and save crops and livelihoods especially during the COVID-19 crisis”.

FAO Representative, Mina Dowlatchahi said, “While surveillance and control operations are well under way in Pakistan, this contribution is timely in helping equip the government and farmers for an effective response to the largest locust infestation over the last 25 years with upgraded equipment for control operations, technology for surveillance and knowledge for analysis and decision-making”.

Under the agreement, the FAO will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Department of Plant Protection, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs).

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