The growing locust threat

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation gave an update on Monday, 10 February.

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The top line is that locusts have spread to Uganda and Tanzania.

From an Eritrean point of view these points are important: “Breeding continues in the Horn of Africa, which will cause locusts to increase further in EthiopiaSomalia and Kenya with new swarms forming in March and April. Consequently, there is an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the region….above-normal breeding continues along both sides of the Red Sea coast where hopper groups, bands, adult groups and a few swarms are forming on the coastal plains. Swarms continue to appear in the highlands and interior of Yemen. Control operations are in progress in SudanEritreaSaudi Arabia and, to a limited extent, in Yemen.

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