Locusts

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.

News in Brief 28 July 2020

  • Jailed DPRK women forced home, 'face grevious abuse'
  • COVID likely not seasonal, WHO warns
  • Desert Locust upsurge tamed in Kenya
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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
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Fight against desert locust swarms goes on in East Africa despite coronavirus crisis measures

Sustained efforts to contain East Africa’s worst invasion of desert locusts in decades are forging ahead, despite limits on the flow of personnel and equipment stemming from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the UN food agency said Friday. 

WHO concerned over rapid escalation in COVID-19 spread as caseload approaches one million

Deaths from COVID-19 have more than doubled in the past week and will soon reach 50,000 worldwide, while the global caseload is heading towards one million, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday.

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 
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More funding needed to combat locust swarms ‘unprecedented in modern times’

Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday, saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later.  

Mobilizing countries to beat back ‘voracious’ Desert Locust threat in East Africa

Locust swarms of a magnitude not seen in decades are devastating crops and placing millions at risk of hunger in the Horn of Africa. 

Keith Cressman, Senior Locust Forecasting Officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told Dianne Penn the agency is seeking $76 million to scale-up aerial spraying against the “voracious” locusts and protect livelihoods in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. 

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Act now to prevent Desert Locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa: UN agencies

With the rainy season fast approaching, countries in the Horn of Africa are in a race against time to tackle a Desert Locust invasion amidst ongoing humanitarian challenges, the United Nations warned on Monday. 

News in Brief 10 February 2020

  • Coronavirus containment ‘still the priority’ as cases rise 
  • Locust threat ‘increases further’ in Horn of Africa 
  • Plea for action to stop 3,700 people dying every day on world’s roads 
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