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Pest outbreaks in East Sumba

Pest outbreaks in East Sumba

In East Sumba, for several months now (and for years), grasshoppers have been destroying all crops, vegetable gardens, soybeans, and corn. For three years, it has come back regularly. They feed and severely damage almost all crops, trees, shrubs, and vegetable gardens during high population. We are in contact with the most affected populations who tell us how the fruit of their work and garden are destroyed in a few minutes. The impact is enormous for these poor families since their income is insufficient to buy food. Rice, in particular, is expensive. Therefore corn harvests are significant and vital for families.

Massive pest attacks that destroy all crops and starve the people

Massive pest attacks that destroy all crops and starve the people

In East Sumba, for several days now, grasshoppers have been destroying all crops, vegetable gardens, soybeans, and corn. For three years, it has come back regularly. During high population years, they feed and severely damage almost all crops, trees, shrubs, and vegetable gardens. We are in contact with the most affected populations who tell us how the fruit of their work, their fields But also their garden, are totally destroyed in a few minutes. The impact is enormous for these poor families since their income is not enough to buy food. Rice in particular is expensive, therefore corn harvests are very important and vital for families. A new trade is in the process of being born: The sale of grasshoppers by the kilo; this is in order to eat and be nourished. The price is IDR. 5,000,000.- per kilo, i.e. less than 50 cents.

Going everywhere to help people from East Sumba

As you can see in these few photos taken by our teams in the field, thousands of people live in difficult conditions. Today, Fair Future and C / o are still working in a hurry! Certainly not the one that followed the disaster, but to tempt those who no longer have access to the most basic things such as: Water, food, medical care … As you can see in these few photos taken by our teams in the field, thousands of people live in difficult conditions.

The real situation in east Sumba. A health and social emergency. What do we need

The real situation in east Sumba. A health and social emergency. What do we need

Almost 15 days after the natural disaster, Fair Future Switzerland is the only international organization on-site to face immense health, health, social, infrastructural, and human challenges. We are doing all we can, going everywhere to provide medical care, bring water and food in droves, and plan the reconstruction of many infrastructures and houses.