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Mastercard Foundation & FAO Tackle Desert Locust Infestation

The prevailing Desert Locust crisis in the Greater Horn of Africa is among the worst experienced with hundreds of thousands of hectares of cropland and pasture already damaged. Mastercard Foundation will contribute USD $10 million under a new partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to enable the expansion of operations to control the severe Desert Locust infestation in the Greater Horn of Africa. Read more


Kipsing, near Oldonyiro, Isiolo county, Kenya - A swarm of Desert Locusts flies in the region. 

Kipsing, close to Oldonyiro, Isiolo county, Kenya. After aerial spraying these young Desert Locusts are partially sedated, paralysed, gather around trees and will die within 48 hours. Local residents and their goats are observing the invasion of locusts.

Kipsing, near Oldonyiro, Isiolo county, Kenya - Desert locusts feed on local vegetation.

Kipsing, near Oldonyiro, Isiolo county, Kenya - Desert locusts stand on the local vegetation. 

Purity Kendi and Phenny Omondi built an urban farm in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. As part of their enterprise, Kilimo Jijini, they teach vertical farming techniques to women who live in Kibera, so they can replicate the practices on the limited space that they have.

Kevin Kibet Mochama is the Founder of FarmMoja, an organization transforming rural agriculture by enabling smallholder farmer access to proven agricultural technologies that boost farm productivity and incomes. By 2030, Kevin aims to mobilize one million smallholder farmers in Kenya.

One Acre Fund-supported farmers working with maize on Angelina Makokha's farm in Kenya.

Smallholder farmer Bucirwa Roy proudly shows off her bumper crop of broccoli grown in the Matugga Region in Uganda.

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