ROME, Italy, February 24, 2020/ -- FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today
welcomed a $10 million donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation to support the fight against the Desert Locust upsurge in
East Africa as the UN agency expanded its appeal.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
said its donation would assist FAO as it supports governments in
Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia to combat locust infestation that is
posing a significant threat to food production and livelihoods in the
"I want to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
for its generous support as the Desert Locust threatens to provoke a
humanitarian crisis," Qu said. "I urge other donors to follow their
lead so we can protect rural livelihoods and assist farmers and their ...