Farmers, Herders in Somalia Fear Looming Desert Locust Plague

Billions of desert locusts have swept across east Africa, threatening the livelihoods of more than 20 million people. The United Nations has called the infestation - which has also affected Uganda, Djibouti, South Sudan, Eritrea and Tanzania, Sudan - "a scourge of biblical proportions". But so far limited resources have hampered efforts to fight the locusts, particularly in impoverished Somaliland - and the worst is yet to come, writes Nita Bhalli for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

An agricultural worker sprays biopesticides on young desert locusts in Awdal, Somalia, March 5, 2020.


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