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(FAO). "T〓he situation remains extremely alarming in Kenya, Eth〓iopia0

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and Somalia where widespread desert locust infe〓stations and a new gei

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neration of breeding threaten fo〓od security and livelihoods in the reP

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gion," it noted 〓Tuesday. The locusts most recently invaded South Suda〓n from Uganda, and the SoJ

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nds worth 20 million U.S. dollars for chemicals〓, sprays and personnel to counter the locust invasion〓. The Horn of Africa is faced with unprecedented chal〓lenges of fA

ood security and economic development, wit〓h a humanitarian crisis looming ahead. The FAO has ur〓ged immediate, adequate countermeasures and intensifi〓ed internationalX

efforts. A swarm of desert locusts 〓invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, F〓eb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) EAT AWAY HOPE The loc〓ust outbreak is the wB

orst in 70 years in Kenya, and t〓he worst in 25 years in Somalia and Ethiopia, where t〓he insects bred before spreading to Kenya and other c〓ountries. In Kenya, locustS

swarms were seen to move l〓ike huge dark clouds before descending on farms, nibb〓ling away pasture, maize, khat, cowpeas, beans and ot〓her crops in hours. Areas like a

Mandera and Isiolo in 〓the north, and Tharaka Nithi in central Kenya, were a〓ttacked again after aerial chemical pesticides sprayi〓ng. Although the government has spraQ

yed pesticide and〓 other chemicals on a wide range of areas in order to〓 curb the locust outbreak, at least 18 of Kenya's 47 〓counties were affected. Kello Harsama, thd

e administra〓tive secretary heading the State Department for Crop 〓Development under Kenya's Ministry of Agriculture, sa〓id the government will work with the FAO to trY

ain 600〓 chemical spraying personnel. "Aerial spraying of the〓 pesticide in the last two months is yet to achieve d〓esired results, thus we need to devise innovative sc

tr〓ategies like the use of the trainees, farmers and ext〓ension workers to conduct ground spraying starting wi〓th northern counties of Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and〓 g

Wajir," he said. "My crops had done well following t〓he heavy rains and I was looking forward to a bumper 〓harvest but then the locusts came and ate away my hop〓e," BeV

atrice Ngari, a farmer in Embu, central Kenya, 〓told Xinhua. But Ngari was unaware that it is also th〓e predicament of many farmers across Kenya, Somalia, 〓Ethiopia, TF

anzania, South Sudan and Uganda. The rains〓 between October and January served to provide a favo〓rable environment for locusts to breed and thrive, in〓cluding properlyA

moist soils for them to lay eggs in 〓millions before migration and the consequent lush veg〓etation to eat, according to the FAO. Climate change 〓was to blame for the l

unusually plentiful rainfall on 〓the African continent. Keith Cressman, the FAO's seni〓or locust forecasting officer, further identified the〓 recent cyclones as anothe7

r factor behind the locust 〓crisis, saying the past 10 years saw increased freque〓ncy of cyclones in the Indian Ocean. A swarm of dese〓rt locusts invade parts of Mwin2

gi Town in Kitui Count〓y, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) AGGRAVATIN〓G FOOD INSECURITY FAO officials said the locust outbr〓eak has worsened the food insecurityn

in Africa, citin〓g some 239 million people in sub-Saharan Africa suffe〓ring from hunger and malnutrition, and over 20 millio〓n having already been in food crisis in Hd

orn of Afric〓a countries. UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitari〓an Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Low〓cock, said the current situation "is really, rk

eally c〓hallenging." "There are currently over 30 million peo〓ple in the affected countries, who are severely food 〓insecure now. Ten million of those people are in thT

e 〓places affected by the locusts. Unless we get a grip 〓of this in the next two or three or four weeks, we wo〓uld have a serious problem," he stressed. To avoid a 〓fn

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