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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)

Desert locust infestation declines in Horn of Africa – FAO

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The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on Wednesday said that the Horn of Africa has recorded low desert locust infestation...
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Somalia and UN appeal for funds to intensify anti-locust fight

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Somalia and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Thursday appealed to the international community for additional resources to intensify...
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 anti-desert locust operations in East Africa

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said Monday its anti-desert locust operation will continue in all affected countries in East...
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)

Africa Turns to Artificial Intelligence in Fight Against Locusts

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Kuzi is a free early warning tool, delivered by SMS, that helps farmers across Africa to predict and control locust attacks. Kuzi uses satellite data,...
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)

Pakistan says it has gained control over devastating locust swarms

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Pakistani officials claimed on Friday the country had completely eradicated swarms of desert locust, months after declaring a national emergency to battle the infestation. "By...
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

Namibia needs 1.8 million USD to fight locust outbreak: minister

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Namibia needs an estimated amount of 30 million Namibia dollars (1.8 million U.S. dollars) for resources to deal with the locust outbreak in...
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FAO vows to boost desert locust fight in Kenya

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said on Monday that it had prioritized eradication of desert locusts in Kenya and...
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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...
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World Bank grants Somalia 40 mln USD to fight desert locust

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The World Bank has approved a 40 million U.S. dollar grant for Somalia to fight locust invasion which has impacted the livelihoods of nearly...
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East African bloc urges enhanced collaboration to eradicate desert locust

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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...
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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...
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Kenyan farmers vow to fight desert locust invasion amid threat to livelihood

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Joseph Gichuhi's four-acre farm that is located at the heart of central Kenyan county of Nyeri was a spectacle to behold on Wednesday evening...
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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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Uganda airlifts pesticides, spray equipment to locust-infested region

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Uganda on Monday airlifted an assortment of pesticides and spray equipment to the northeastern region where desert locusts have spread to six districts. ...
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UN urges immediate action to prevent desert locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa

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The United Nations on Monday urged the international community to take immediate action to help prevent the desert locust catastrophe in the Horn of...
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Uganda government releases contingency fund to counter desert locust invasion

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The Ugandan government has released 15 billion shillings (about 4.5 million U.S. dollars) as a contingency fund to prevent the spread and invasion of...
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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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Worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years threatens food security across East Africa –...

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday warned that the worst desert locust outbreak in decades has threatened the food security...
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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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Uganda announces control measures as locusts invade neighboring Kenya

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Uganda on Friday announced measures to fight locusts in case they invade from neighboring Kenya. The Ministry of Agriculture said it has...
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Ethiopian government urges concerted efforts to tackle looming locust-induced damage on crops

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The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture on Friday called for concerted measures to tackle potential food security impacts of the breeding of desert locusts in...

Central region still faced with desert locust invasion

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FAO?s Desert Locust Information Service has today revised its situation analysis for the Central Region which includes Sudan. It contains a forecast of small swarms...

Madagascar’s locust plague threaten food production

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Madagascar needs more than $41 million to end locust plague / Half of the country infested by locusts ? food production seriously at risk ROME,...

Sudan partners FAO in a fight to end Locust threat

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FAO AND SUDAN WORK TOGETHER TO FACE THE DESERT LOCUST THREAT ROME, Italy, March 19, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ ? Joint press release from the...

UN food agency warns North Africa of locust threat, seeks funding help to control...

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Desert locusts eating vegetation. Photo: FAO/G.Diana 23 October 2012 ? Desert locust swarms are set to invade North Africa in the coming weeks, the...

Locust threat to croplands in Mali and Niger continues to grow, warns UN agency

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Desert locusts eating vegetation. Photo: FAO/G.DianaThe desert locust threat to Mali and Niger?s croplands continues to grow as swarms of the insects have...

Niger and Mali work to contain the Desert Locust threat / Locusts multiply with...

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Niger and Mali work to contain the Desert Locust threat / Locusts multiply with good rains, pose threat to pastures and croplandsROME, Italy, July...

UN food agency warns of danger to croplands in Mali and Niger from locust...

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The United Nations food agency warned today that croplands in Niger and Mali are at imminent risk from Desert Locust swarms that are moving...

Niger, Mali on alert to Desert Locust risk / Insecurity and conflict hinder control...

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Niger, Mali on alert to Desert Locust risk / Insecurity and conflict hinder control effortsROME, Italy, June 5, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Croplands...