East Africa Expects Second Wave of Locusts

Desert locusts in Kipsing, near Oldonyiro, in Isiolo county, Kenya (Source: The Guardian).

The UN is warning that East Africa may experience a second wave of locusts that will be 20 times worse than the first wave. Locusts are a huge threat to food security as swarms can eat as much food as 35,000 people. The young adult locusts are especially ravenous eaters. Locusts follow rains in the spring, looking for crops and vegetation to eat.

Uganda has reported that two swarms came last week from Kenya impacting food security in the east and north of the country. Kenya is concerned that access restrictions due to COVID-19 are causing issues with getting pesticides to combat the locusts. Pesticides using aerial spraying is very effective but many are also concerned that it could affect livestock.
In February, eight east African countries experienced the worst locust outbreak in 70 years. If the locust outbreak is as bad as expected in the coming months, the African region is counting on government, partners and the World Food Programme to provide food in order to prevent starvation.

Read more at The Guardian.

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