FAO: 13m people at risk of food insecurity in Madagascar

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The battle against a plague of locusts in Madagascar is in danger of being lost, as funding to continue efforts against widespread infestations runs out, putting 13 million people at risk of food insecurity, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.
A three-year anti-locust programme was launched by the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) alongside the Madagascan Government in 2013 in response to a plague that swept the country the previous year. It successfully halted the spread but the risks of relapse are high in the rainy season, which provides ideal breeding conditions, an FAO press release said.
Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Division said: 'The current campaign is essential to reinforce the decline of the current plague, avoiding any relapse, and then continue towards a full-fledged locust recession.'

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