Hunger Looms Amid New Locust Invasion, Drought in East Africa
A week ago, a dark cloud of desert locusts floated over the city of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. For more than 40 minutes the moving swarm of locusts covered the city in the Galgodon valley. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development's climate Prediction & Applications Centre, said it is concerned that along with the perennial acute food insecurity in the region, climate shocks and conflict, these countries face extended hunger threats from the locusts.
The region has already undergone multiple cycles of infestation with the persistent insects. The larger East African region has over the past two years been in and out of the throes of economic and humanitarian crises due to the desert locusts, which arrived from Yemen, first entering Ethiopia and Somalia in June 2019, before spreading across borders into Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan and Chad.
Tens of thousands of hectares of farmland and pasture have been destroyed by the locusts. The Food and Agriculture Organization's senior locust forecasting officer, Keith Cressman has said that control teams have been dispatched to take care of the pestilence in the northwest Somalia regions.
Hunger Looms Amid New Locust Invasion, Covid, Drought and Floods
East African, 16 August 2021
On Monday, a dark cloud of desert locusts recently floated over the city of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. For more than 40 minutes the moving swarm of locusts covered the… Read more »
IGAD Signs $3 Million World Bank Grant to Fight Pest Invasion
East African, 17 August 2021
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) has signed a three-year, $3 million grant with the World Bank to set up an Inter-Regional Platform for the sustainable… Read more »
East African Countries Better Prepared, but Desert Locust Threat 'Not Over'
UN News, 19 January 2021
Action to control unprecedented desert locust infestations in the Horn of Africa last year has protected crops and livelihoods, but funding is needed to sustain operations against… Read more »
Farmers in Makueni County have expressed fears over the huge losses they would suffer if their crops were ravaged again by locusts that were spotted in the large areas of Mbooni ... Read more »
Swarms of locusts have damaged hectares of cropland in East Africa and some southern African countries including Namibia and Zimbabwe. In East Africa the desert locust swarms have ... Read more »
The Desert Locust crisis that struck the greater Horn of Africa region earlier in 2020, could re-escalate, as recent strong winds carried small mature yellow swarmlets from ... Read more »