Hunger Fears Grow As Southern Africa Faces New Locust Plague

As farmers prepare to plant their crops ahead of the November rainy season, newly hatched locusts are lying in wait. This means the already strained humanitarian situation in the region is likely to get even worse. This year, a similar plague swept through East Africa, with swarms decimating grasslands and trees. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and most recently Angola have already been affected. Livelihoods of those farmers and cattle herders already dealing with food shortages caused by a crippling drought, are at stake.


Adult locusts can eat three times their own body-weight per day and travel hundreds of kilometres.

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