A locust plague of almost biblical proportions is ravaging Eastern Africa’s food bowl, prompting the United Nations to call for international help. Key points: Climate change is thought to have contributed to “exceptional” breeding conditions Even a small swarm of locusts can consume food for 35,000 people in one day The UN warns the desert locusts may spread to the Middle East and south Asia Hundreds of millions of the bugs have swarmed into Kenya from Somalia and Ethiopia, creating the worst outbreak of desert locusts there in 70 years. Somalia and Ethiopia have not had an infestation like this in a quarter of a century. It has destroyed farmland and threatened an already vulnerable region with devastating hunger. The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has warned the “unprecedented size and destructive potential” of the swarms could leave millions of people without food. “Even cows are wondering what is happening,” Ndunda Makanga, a Kenyan farmer, said. The rose-coloured locusts turn whole trees pink, clinging to branches like quivering ornaments before taking off in hungry, rustling clouds. When rains arrive in March and bring new vegetation across much of the region, the numbers of the fast-breeding locusts could grow 500… Read full this story
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