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COVID-19, desert locust exacerbate food insecurity in E. Africa

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The East Africa region is facing an unprecedented triple food security threat caused by the combined effects of recent severe floods, the ongoing COVID-19...
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 says Kenya on course to eradicate desert locusts

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Kenya is likely to be free from desert locusts in the near future thanks to roll-out of robust containment measures, a senior official from...
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South Sudan and FAO launch project to tackle animal disease

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South Sudan's Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Tuesday launched a...
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FAO calls for US$1.2 billion funding to support comprehensive COVID-19 Response Programme

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has launched a call for 1.2 billion U.S. dollars in fresh investment to fund...
Farmers trim pumpkin leaves at a seedling cultivation base in Xinjiang Turpan Modern Agricultural Technology Demonstration Park in Turpan, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Feb. 24, 2020. Photo by Liu Jian, People’s Daily Online

FAO calls for linking agriculture with biodiversity in wake of pandemic

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Farmers across the world must connect agriculture with the protection of biodiversity and the environment to have a sustainable food supply system in...
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Enhance Access to Services for Migrants in the Context of COVID-19

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The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of ensuring access to services for all. Whether as a means to ensure we protect...
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Uganda braces for major locust invasion

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Uganda is preparing to take on a major invasion of desert locusts from neighboring Kenya where they are already causing havoc. Vincent Ssempijja, minister of...

FAO report highlights challenges for small-scale fisheries amid COVID-19 crisis

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The poorest and most vulnerable parts of the world's fishing industry are hardest hit by the impacts of the global coronavirus outbreak, a report...
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 intensifies desert locust control measures in Kenya’s county

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations said Saturday it has intensified the desert locust control measures in Turkana County in...
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Agriculture must be re-defined to attract the youth – IBRAF

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The youth engagement in agricultural practices was the topic of a webinar promoted by IBRAF with the participation of FAO, WFP and the African...
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Kenya’s displaced families hope to return home sooner

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When Lake Victoria burst its banks and displaced hundreds of families in western Kenya about a month ago, many of the victims hoped they...
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Kenya to use drones, mobile apps to assess impact of desert locust

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Kenya's Agriculture Ministry on Monday said that it will in July use drones and mobile applications to help assess the impact caused by desert...
Coronavirus testing supplies being unloaded at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March.Credit…Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed: Debt Cancellation for the World to Survive

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May 1, 2020 Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has made an audacious salient call for debt cancellation for low income countries. It was published in...
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IBRAF webinar: Participants brainstorm over food crisis amidst COVID-19 outbreak

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"We can't just rely on big global markets and commodities." This was one of the arguments of José Graziano da Silva, former Director General...
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UN ramps up efforts to curb spread of desert locust in Somalia

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said on Monday it has enhanced cooperation with Somalia to curb the spread...
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

Rainy season sees fresh locust invasion in Kenya

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Kenya is experiencing a new round of locust infestation following the onset of the long rain season, which has seen vegetation flourish, giving the...
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Don’t let COVID-19 become a hunger game – FAO

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Mr QU Dongyu, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic is putting enormous strains on...
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South Sudan to plant 100 million trees to fight deforestation

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South Sudan said on Saturday it has entered into a partnership with the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to plant 100...
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)

Locust situation to worsen in Greater Horn of Africa

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UN humanitarian workers expect a rapid deterioration of the Desert Locust situation in the Greater Horn of Africa, a UN spokesman said Friday. There is...
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

Ethiopia racing against time to control locust invasion

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The United Nations has warned that the Ethiopian government is racing against time to control the ongoing desert locust invasion as the February-May harvest...
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Ongoing desert locust crisis to further escalate food insecurity in E. Africa

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The ongoing desert locust outbreak could further trigger serious food insecurity in east Africa as some 20.2 million people presently facing severe acute food...
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UN agencies appeal for more funding to tackle locust outbreak

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The director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, and the executive director...
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Locust outbreak threatens food security in East Africa, international response urged

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by Xinhua writers Bai Lin, Bedah Mengo The locust outbreak plaguing East Africa calls for a concerted international response as the most dreaded insects...
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Desert locust situation “extremely alarming” in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

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Widespread desert locust infestations and a new generation of breeding has continued threatening food security and livelihoods in the region as the situation remains...
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Uganda intensifies fight against locusts

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Over 2,000 army and civilian personnel are combing up bushes in the northeastern part of the country to hunt down desert locusts that migrated...
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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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UN warns increasing desert locust in east Africa, calls for concerted efforts

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the desert locust breeding has continued in the Horn of Africa (HoA), causing locusts...
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Consumers waste much more food than commonly believed

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Consumers may waste more than twice as much food as is commonly believed, a study published on Wednesday in scientific journal PLOS ONE showed. ...
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FAO to strengthen South-South, triangular cooperation to accelerate agri-food systems transformation

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Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Qu Dongyu on Wednesday said the organization will further leverage the full potential of South-South...
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Namibia, FAO launch farmers’ support project

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Namibia in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) on Tuesday launched a 10 million Namibian dollars (about 667,000 U.S. dollars) agriculture input scheme...