Desert locust plague in East Africa

Millions of people are at risk of famine because of an unprecedented outbreak of desert locusts ravaging crops in East Africa.

The locust plague in East Africa

Hundreds of millions of locusts have invaded Ethiopia, Somalia, and now Kenya. It is the most dangerous locust species for crops. Kenya is currently experiencing the worst locust invasion in 70 years. “We are so tired … from morning until evening. And they don't leave. They are in the exploitation and eat our food, the fodder of the cattle, almost until exhaustion. Even the cows cannot go out because they are afraid of them”, says Kanini Ndunda, a farmer in the region.

They can eat enough food for 35,000 people in one day

Hundreds of millions of locusts have invaded Ethiopia, Somalia, and now Kenya. Desert Locusts are the most dangerous species of locusts. A small colony of them can eat enough food for 35,000 people in one day. “We tried by all means to hunt them, but they don't want to leave. So, every morning, we wake up, we go hunting again, but … We tried, they don't move, deplores farmer Theophilus Mwendwa.”

Locusts are destroying thousands of hectares of crops and eating animal fodder, putting people at risk of starvation in a region already prone to floods and droughts. Climatic variations favored their reproduction. If no action is taken, the number of locusts could be multiplied by 500 by June. In Kenya, the equivalent of 131 football fields are already infested.

Risk of spreading in Uganda and South Sudan

"There is a risk of spreading. The countries most watched at this stage are Uganda and South Sudan. Uganda has not had to deal with a locust infestation since the 1960s. There is therefore concern about the ability of experts on the ground to deal with it without outside help. And in a country like South Sudan, 47% of the population is already food insecure”, warns Rosanne Marchesich, a member of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

To prevent their spread, the only possible solution is to spray pesticides in the air. The UN estimates that $70 million will be needed to strengthen pest control and protect livelihoods in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.


01/31/2020 12:57 PM
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  • Erick S.
    2 days

    Repent people of this Earth and respect his mighty Prophet .the mighty prophet of God said last year April on 17th about locust you are seeing now.

  • Koy S.
    3 days

    Eat them alls!

  • Aman M.
    3 days

    Would spraying neem juice help ?

  • Millan L.
    4 days

    It's a great misfortune to the people who live there

  • Fauzan A.
    4 days

    kalau diindonesia bisa jadi camilan berprotein tinggi 😄

  • Parmeshwar P.
    4 days

    Locusts/ locust swarms can damage the green biomass within no times. They are voraceous eaters. I have seen their dammage potential when I was in Locust department for more than about 28 years.

  • Arif A.
    5 days

    Is so delicious on food Indonesia

  • Arif A.
    5 days

    If im in here i won to eat the grashopper

  • Tonga B.
    5 days

    But this is relish but at a terrible cost

  • Nicolaus L.
    5 days

    We can give this work to regional pastoral resilience project team kenya to take the control of locusts in Kenya Uganda n Ethiopia

  • Lovely S.
    6 days

    Hmmm HUMANITY need to REPENT

  • Minn T.
    6 days

    good food

  • Abdurrahiiem A.
    6 days

    In Indonesia Grasshooper are delicious food 😍

  • Janet G.
    6 days

    Cook and eat them. It's not a curse but a blessing. Don't people eat them anyway and doesn't Africa experience such poberty people have nothing to eat. I'm not being rude. I'm being serious

  • Orin W.
    6 days

    That's what you get for chasing out the Chinese people😂😂😂😂😂🤘

  • Mahfudz F.
    6 days

    Kirim ke Indonesia...harga nya mahal...buat bikin rempeyek

  • عزيز.في.تشاد ا.
    7 days

    سبحان الله

  • Boukarria R.
    7 days

    هذا عقاب من الله الذي خلق كل شئ هذه استدعاء الى العباد لكي يستقيمو

  • Amadou D.
    02/20/2020 18:28

    Les criquets pèlerins véritable fléau qui decime les cultures et les végétation des pays d'Afrique de l'est et du sahel

  • Rambhau B.
    02/20/2020 08:10

    I had seen 58yearsago