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Desert Locust and Resilience Building in Ethiopia

Project Humanitarian aid
Argobba -

Along with droughts and low rainfall, floods, wars, socioeconomic issues, fragility, and, most recently, the worldwide COVID-19 epidemic, the desert locust adds to the list of humanitarian shocks. Poor pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and farmers in the target regions do not have access to agricultural inputs and technologies to assure household food security, making them very vulnerable when relying on a single source of income.

Implementation Area
Argobba and Worebabu / Amhara Region – Dawa Zone, Hudet and Shinile / Somali Region – Guji and Gorodolla / Oromia Region
Bread for the World
Thematic Area
Humanitarian Aid
Project Start Date – End Date
May 1, 2021 – October 31, 2023
Lutheran World Federation; International Orthodox Christian Charities; HEKS Swiss Church Aid; Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission – Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Since 2019, the desert locust has destroyed vast amounts of crops, pasture, and browse, jeopardizing the food security of impacted communities. The fast spread of desert locusts has resulted in major farmland losses, threatening the livelihoods of smallholder farmers who rely on crops. The present desert locust outbreak threatens millions of people’s food security and is expected to add stress to an already precarious livelihood and food security scenario. Population pressure, drought, a lack of farmland, a decline in food production capacity, inadequate agricultural practices and post-harvest loss, outbreaks of plant and animal disease, and a lack of alternative income are the root causes of food insecurity in the project areas.

People That We Work With

The proposed initiative would directly help 49,762 underprivileged persons. An additional 99,524 people will benefit indirectly, bringing the total number of direct and indirect beneficiaries to 149,286.


To ensure that the targeted communities have recovered from the immediate effects of the desert locust invasion, as well as to improve their resilience to natural and man-made shocks.


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