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World in ‘much better place’ to fight desert locust scourge – UN’s FAO

Compared to last year, everything is in place to successfully fight the devastating desert locust swarms that have been threatening food supplies and livelihoods across the Horn of Africa region, according to the senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official, in charge of forecasting the pest’s movements.

Charlotta Lomas spoke to Keith Cressman, who said that $80 million was still needed to control the scourge, through the coming months.

Locusts continue to threaten the livelihoods of people in the Horn of Africa.
© FAO/Haji Dirir

Fears of Desert Locust resurgence in Horn of Africa

The Desert Locust crisis which struck the greater Horn of Africa region earlier this year threatening food supplies for millions, could re-escalate as recent strong winds carried mature swarmlets from southern Somalia into eastern and northeastern Kenya, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.

UN Photo/Harandane Dicko

News in Brief 11 May 2020

  • Three UN peacekeepers killed in improvised explosive attack in Mali

  • Myanmar extends agreement with UN on access to Rohingya’s embattled home state

  • Gains made against desert locusts in East Africa and Yemen but food security crisis remains

OCHA/Themba Linden

News in Brief 17 March 2020

  • Millions of people in crises will need UN humanitarian aid in midst of COVID-19 pandemic 

  • New locust swarms add to South Sudan food hardship 

  • UN chief condemns attacks on peacekeepers in Central African Republic, urges probe