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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)

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,...
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)

Zambia to conduct survey on outbreak of African migratory locusts

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Zambia's cabinet has called for the undertaking of a comprehensive surveillance exercise to establish the extent of the infestation of the African migratory locusts,...
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 experiences 2nd red locusts outbreak

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Namibia is experiencing another African migratory red locust outbreak, official from Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform said Friday. The ministry's...
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 release reports on desert locusts in Asia and Africa

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Chinese researchers have released a series of reports on monitoring desert locusts in Asia and Africa in order to offer early warnings, according to...
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...
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)

China donates chemicals, equipment in fight against locusts in Uganda

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China has donated an assortment of chemicals and equipment to Uganda in the fight against desert locusts that experts warn are threatening food security...
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. In a report...
People clean up a road after landslides caused massive destruction of infrastructure in West Pokot County, Kenya, on Nov. 23, 2019. Kenyan officials on Saturday confirmed that 37 people had died as a result of landslides that hit northwestern county of West Pokot following heavy downpour on Friday night, according to local media. (Photo by Robert Manyara/Xinhua)

Kenyans grapple with floods, locusts as climate change effects bite

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Heavy rains have led to deaths in Kenya, displaced residents and destroyed properties in Kenya as the country grapples with effects of climate change. ...
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)

East African farmers face new outbreak of locusts amid COVID-19 outbreak

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As the world battles COVID-19, farmers in East Africa are facing another devastating outbreak, swarms of desert locusts, says the International Committee of the...
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Jitters prevail as long rains season starts in Kenya amid locust invasion

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Unexpected heavy rains in different parts of Kenya present fresh challenges to farmers battling invasion of desert locusts, which have spread to at least...
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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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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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Locusts eating away hope of Kenyan farmers ravaged by climate change

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When a swarm of desert locusts invaded Mandera in northern Kenya from neighboring Somalia early January, many farmers in the heartlands thought the ravenous...
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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...

Madagascar treats 199,940 hectares of land infested by locusts plague

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The third campaign of a three-year program for fight against locust was held from Aug. 26, 2015 to Feb. 10, 2016, after the...

You are Un-cultured to have described Ekiti leaders as locusts ? Adeyeye tells Fayemi

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Afenifere Chieftain and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State has lambasted the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi for describing the PDP as...

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,...