The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) contributed £ 17 million in order to bolster the FAO’s efforts to combat the ongoing desert locust surge and its potentially devastating impacts.
“We are once again grateful to the United Kingdom for their consistent support, which will go far helping to safeguard the food security and livelihoods of vulnerable farmers and their families in Africa and Asia threatened by desert locust,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu.
Thank you @DFID_UK & @annietrev for this additional contribution & support to @FAO’s fight against #DesertLocust. Working w/ partners & countries affected, we have already saved 1.3M tonnes of food that can feed 9M people for 1 year. Your support helps us to step up our efforts. https://t.co/izw2daJlMc
— FAO Director-General QU Dongyu (@FAODG) July 23, 2020
Notably, the funds in addition to a previous contribution of £ 8 million donated earlier this year for the desert locust appeal. The contribution from the UK will scale up ongoing efforts in East Africa, Yemen and Southwest Asia.