FAO says control of Madagascar locust plague threatened by lack of funds

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says a gap in funding is threatening the containment of a locust plague that began in Madagascar two years ago. The first locust-control program managed to contain the devastation, which ravaged crops and pastures on its path from the southwest of the country toward the north. The locusts threaten the livelihoods of 13 million people and the country's largest rice crop areas in the northwest. The FAO estimates about $14.7 million is needed to support the second locust control program. Release | More

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