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NAIROBI, June 19, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A swarm of desert locusts invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)

Fight against desert locusts in East Africa in peril amid funding shortfall

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said on Tuesday that funding shortfalls could derail aerial fight against desert locusts in...
Photo taken on Feb. 4, 2020 shows a cloud of locusts flying in Mwingi North, Kenya. A number of East African countries are suffering serious locust infestation, with Kenya experiencing its worst in 70 years, which, if left unchecked, could grow 500 times in scale by June, a UN spokesman said Friday. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said besides Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are undergoing their worst locust infestation in 25 years, and that Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda and Tanzania are also experiencing swarm activity and locust breeding, while the risk of spread to South Sudan is high. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)

FAO steps up efforts to contain desert locusts in Somalia

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has intensified efforts to contain the spread of the desert locusts in Somalia that pose...
Photo taken on Feb. 4, 2020 shows a cloud of locusts flying in Mwingi North, Kenya. A number of East African countries are suffering serious locust infestation, with Kenya experiencing its worst in 70 years, which, if left unchecked, could grow 500 times in scale by June, a UN spokesman said Friday. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said besides Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are undergoing their worst locust infestation in 25 years, and that Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda and Tanzania are also experiencing swarm activity and locust breeding, while the risk of spread to South Sudan is high. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)

UN says desert locusts pose threat to food production in Somalia

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The desert locusts' infestation in Somalia has reached a dangerous stage, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned. ...
Photo taken on Feb. 4, 2020 shows a cloud of locusts flying in Mwingi North, Kenya. A number of East African countries are suffering serious locust infestation, with Kenya experiencing its worst in 70 years, which, if left unchecked, could grow 500 times in scale by June, a UN spokesman said Friday. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said besides Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are undergoing their worst locust infestation in 25 years, and that Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda and Tanzania are also experiencing swarm activity and locust breeding, while the risk of spread to South Sudan is high. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)

Chinese researchers use satellite data to monitor desert locusts

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Chinese researchers used satellite and meteorological data to monitor movements of desert locusts and offer early warnings, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences...
A local tour guide holds a handfull of dead desert locusts after an invasion in Shaba National Reserve in Isiolo, northern Kenya, 16 January 2020 (issued 18 January 2020). Large swarms of desert locusts have been invading northern Kenya for weeks, after having infested some 70,000 hectares of land in Somalia which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has termed the 'worst situation in 25 years' in the Horn of Africa. FAO cautioned on 13 January 2020 that it poses an 'unprecedented threat' to food security and livelihoods in the region. The government is spraying pesticide in the affected areas to battle the insects. EPA/Daniel Irungu

Uganda launches aerial spraying of desert locusts

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Uganda has launched aerial pesticide spraying to fight off an invasion of desert locusts in the northern and eastern part of the east African...
A local tour guide holds a handfull of dead desert locusts after an invasion in Shaba National Reserve in Isiolo, northern Kenya, 16 January 2020 (issued 18 January 2020). Large swarms of desert locusts have been invading northern Kenya for weeks, after having infested some 70,000 hectares of land in Somalia which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has termed the 'worst situation in 25 years' in the Horn of Africa. FAO cautioned on 13 January 2020 that it poses an 'unprecedented threat' to food security and livelihoods in the region. The government is spraying pesticide in the affected areas to battle the insects. EPA/Daniel Irungu

Desert locusts threaten Kenya’s top agricultural exports

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The crops turned from green to yellow, that is how a farmer in Nyeri, central Kenya, described desert locust invasion of his coffee farm. ...
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SADC appeals for international support in controlling spread of locusts

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers responsible for disaster risk management have called for the engagement of international partners to support the region...
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Kenya requires US$23 million to contain desert locusts

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Kenya requires 2.3 billion shillings (about 23 million U.S. dollars) to eradicate the threat posed by desert locusts that crossed into the country on...
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Desert locusts spread to 17 districts in Uganda

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Desert locusts have spread to 17 districts in Uganda, a top government official said Tuesday. Bright Rwamirama, minister of state for agriculture told reporters here...
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Desert locusts pose small threat to China

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The possibility for desert locusts to wreak havoc in China is quite small because of the topography and climate characteristics in the country's border...
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Kenya to recruit state-trained youth to fight desert locusts

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Kenya will recruit trainees from the National Youth Service (NYS), country's premier vocational training institute, to boost the fight against desert locusts that are...
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Desert locusts invade Uganda from neighboring Kenya

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Desert locusts on Sunday crossed from neighboring Kenya into Uganda through Amudat in the northeastern part of the country, a government official said here. ...
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Tanzanian authorities refute rumors over invasion of desert locusts

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Tanzanian authorities on Sunday refuted rumors that swarms of desert locusts have invaded the northern region of Kilimanjaro close to the border with Kenya. ...
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Tanzania hires spray plane in readiness to fight off desert locusts

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Tanzania has hired a spray plane from the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa, a regional pest and vector management organization, in readiness...
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Concerted efforts needed to tackle food insecurity caused by desert locusts – Oxfam

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International humanitarian actors have called on the international community to exert urgent concerted efforts to avert desert locust-inflicted food insecurity across Ethiopia and its...
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UN urges rapid measures as desert locusts invade Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) on Sunday urged rapid control measures as Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are invaded...
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Desert locusts likely head toward Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia

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Desert locusts that have been causing havoc in the east and Horn of African region are likely to move to Uganda, South Sudan and...