The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has urged countries in the greater horn of the African region to combine forces and revitalize the war against desert locust amid threat to food security.
Workney Geneyehu, IGAD executive secretary said the desert locust remains a grave threat to livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists in the region.
“The combined risk of desert locust on the planting season, the floods and the coronavirus pandemic represent extremely alarming and unprecedented threats to the food security, nutrition and livelihoods in the region,” Geneyehu said in a statement issued in Nairobi after a virtual meeting on Friday.
He said that nearly 25 million people in the greater horn of the African region were already in need of food aid thanks to reduced harvests linked to climatic shocks and desert locust infestation.
Agriculture and livestock ministers from IGAD member states held a virtual conference this week to discuss innovative strategies to reinvigorate the war against desert locust amid prediction of a looming second wave of infestation.
The key objective of the summit was to provide a platform for member states and their bilateral partners to share experiences in pest control and establish a joint inter-regional contingency and action response plan that will guide the next phase of the fight against desert locust, according to the IGAD.