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ion U.S. dollars for chemica●ls, sprays and personnel to counter the locust invasion. The Horn o●f Africa is faced with unprecedented challenges of food security an●d economic development, with a humanitarian crisis looming ahead. T●he FAO has urged immediate, adequate countermeasures and intensifie●d international efforts. A swarm of desert locusts invade parts of● Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Y●u) EAT AWAY HOPE The locust outbreak is the worst in 70 years in Ke●nya, and the worst in 25 years in Somalia and Ethiopia, where the i●nsects bred before spreading to8

Kenya and other countries. In Kenya●, l6

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    s w●ere affected. Kello Harsama, tn

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    inistry of ●Agriculture, said the d

  • government will work with the FAO to train 60●0 chemical spraying personnel. "Aerik

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  • he last two months is yet to achieve desired results, thus we nee●d to devised

    innovative strategies like the usee

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    of the trainees, far●mers and extension workers to conduct gr5

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    n in ●the region. A girl shows the desert locusts in Kitui County, Kenya●, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) The desert locust, which can tra●vel 150 km in a single day, is deemed the most devastating of locus●ts. A small swarm covering one square km can eat the same amount of● food as 35,000 people in a day, said the United Nations Food and A●griculture OrganL
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    ern counties of Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir," he said●6

    . "My crops had done well following4

    ization (FAO). "The situation remains extremely ala●rming in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespread desert locust● infestations and a new generation of breeding threaten food securi●ty and livelihoods in the region," it noted Tuesday. The locusts mo●st recently invaded South Sudan from Uganda, and the South Sudan go●vernment is seeking funds worth 20 millu

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the heavy rains and I was looki●ng forward to a bumper harvest but then y

the locusts came and ate aw●ay my hope," Beatrice Ni

gari, a farmer in Embu, central Kenya, told ●Xinhua. But Ngari was unaware that it is also the predicament of ma●ny farmers across Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, TaZ

nzania, South Sudan a●nd Uganda. The rains betwT

een October and January served to provide ●a favorap

ble environment for locusts to breed and thrive, including ●properly moist soils for them to lay eggs in millions before migrat●ion and the consequent lush vegi

etation to eat, according to the FAO●. Climate s

change was to blame for the unusually plentiful rainA

fall ●on the African continent. Keith Cressman, the FAO's senior locust f●orecasting officer, further identified the recent cyclones as anoth●er factor behind 7

the locust crisis, saying the past 10 years saw e

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