UK contributes £ 17 million to support FAO’s desert locust-fighting efforts

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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.

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.