FAO Study of the CERF - Red Locust Project
In May 2009, CERF contributed nearly US$2 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) regional project for Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi which allowed for aerial survey and operations to be quickly and effectively expanded for locust control.
The specific objective of the regional CERF project was to mitigate the chances of swarms leaving the outbreak areas by strengthening the response capacity of IRLCO-CSA and the national plant protection agencies in Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique to effectively cope with developing Red Locust threats with special attention to the safeguard of human and environment health.
In September 2009, FAO concluded an evaluation of the project. Evaluators concluded that the CERF responded swiftly to the request for emergency funding from FAO/IRLCO-CSA and that ultimately, the objective of the CERF project was essentially achieved in that there were no swarm escapes from any of the potential outbreak areas; threats to national and regional food security were minimized, and an estimated 598,000 hectors of food crops were protected in Tanzania alone.