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Desert Locust and Resilience Building in Ethiopia

Project Humanitarian aid
Argobba -

Ethiopia’s humanitarian situation has been affected by recurrent droughts and poor rainfall, floods, conflicts, macroeconomic challenges, vulnerability and most recently the global COVID-19 pandemic. Two-thirds of the past 12 rainy seasons have been below average across many areas. Where above average rains occurred, flooding has destroyed livelihoods, services and infrastructure and caused displacement, especially in 2019 and 2020. Therefore, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and farmers are not getting the agricultural inputs and technology to ensure household food security. The desert locust adds to multiple humanitarian shocks.

Argobba and Worebabu/ Amhara Region Dawa Zone, Hudet and Shinile/ Somali Region Guji and Gorodolla/ Oromia Region
HEKS Swedish Church
Thematic Area
Humanitarian Aid
Project Period
05/01/2021 – 30/10/2023
Implementing Partners
United for Society Development, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Commission (EECMY-DASSC)
Sustainable Development Goals
Zero Hunger

Since June 2019, Ethiopia has been affected by a desert locust infestation. Seven out of ten regional states have been severely affected by desert locusts. This locust crisis in the Horn of Africa is the worst outbreak Ethiopia and Somalia has experienced in over 25 years. The outbreak was exacerbated in January 2020 as weather conditions have been unusually conducive to the spread of the pest. These conditions allowed breeding and led to more locusts.

This plague presents a serious threat to the food security of millions of people, as it leads to a considerable drop in agricultural production, adding further stress to the already fragile situation.

Target group

From this project 149,286 vulnerable individuals will benefit. Out of these, 49762 individuals benefit directly while the remaining will benefit indirectly.

Project objectives

  1. Rehabilitation of households in the targeted communities from the immediate impacts of the desert locust invasion
  2. Enhancing the adaptation capacity of targeted communities to withstand natural and human-made shocks