Multinational - East and Horn of Africa Desert Locust Crisis: Emergency assistance to fight the desert locust invasion in 9 regional member countries

Project Summary

Approval Date 01 Apr 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Jan 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Jan 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 1,097,606.49
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the emergency assistance to fight the desert locust invasion in nine (09) regional member countries, namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. The proposed Bank emergency assistance is to contribute to the alleviation of the suffering of the victims of the desert locust in these regions. Indeed, the East and Horn of Africa, which is one of the most fragile regions of the continent, is being ravaged by large locust swarms coming from the Arabian Peninsula. The desert locust infestation occurring in the region poses an unprecedented risk to livelihoods and food security in an already fragile region in that it causes huge damages on agricultural production. Studies have shown that a swarm of one square kilometer can devour the equivalent of crops that could feed 35,000 people for a year (FAO). The situation is particularly alarming in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespread breeding is ongoing and new swarms are expected to form in the coming weeks. The emergency relief assistance operation will be funded through a grant from the Bank’s SRF. The total grant amount is for one million five hundred thousand US dollars (USD 1,500,000). The immediate priority should be to first control the spread of the current invasion and eliminate the current threat, therefore the grant funds will specifically contribute to the regional desert locust invasion control effort, prevention of next generation swarms and impact assessment and monitoring for enhanced preparedness and awareness creation.

Project Objectives

The objective of the Bank emergency assistance is to respond to the request from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which was mandated by the IGAD Heads of State and Government Summit in February 2020 to mobilize resources on behalf of the member states and streamline the assistance to affected countries in the East and Horn of Africa.


The operation will target vulnerable individuals and households with the primary objective of saving lives and preserving livelihoods in the nine (09) countries affected (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania).

Participating Organization

Special Relief Funds


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-A00-030
Last Update 04 Dec 2021


Contact Details

Name MPYISI Edson Rurangwa

Geographic Location

Country Multinational