Nairobi, 05th of August, 2021: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has signed a three year, 3 million USD grant with the World Bank to set up an Inter-Regional Platform for the Sustainable Management of Desert Locusts and other Trans-Boundary Pests. The grant is part of the World Bank’s Emergency Locust Response Program Phase 3 (SSELRP) and is expected to run until August 2024.
The overall goal of the Platform is to strengthen synergies, sustained management and control of desert locusts and other transboundary pests in the IGAD region. The platform will be extended not only to IGAD member states, but to all countries affected by the desert locusts and other trans-boundary pests. Operationalization of the platform will be conducted in partnership with the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA) and the Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC).
Key deliverables under the grant include:
- Guidelines for national preparedness plans for desert locust invasion to support IGAD member states.
- Support to member states to finalize their national preparedness plans.
- Development of a regional preparedness plan agreed with the member states.
- Development and dissemination of knowledge management and communication products targeting member states, donors, and other stakeholders.
The Inter-Regional Platform will provide an effective and well-coordinated early warning system for continuous intensive surveillance and monitoring of desert locusts and other trans-boundary pests, for example, of locust breeding areas as well as ground and aerial control operations in order to detect and neutralize hopper bands or adult swarms in time. Thus preventing more swarms from forming and ensuring the safe application of pesticides. Through the platform, management and prevention measures will be put in place, rather than merely the current reactive control measures.