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    Desert Locust in Horn of Africa and Yemen - Control Operations in Ethiopia Somali Region

    A new generation of Desert Locust swarms is threatening agricultural and pastoral livelihoods and the food security of millions of people in the Horn of Africa and Yemen despite intense efforts to control the pest throughout 2020. With international support and an unprecedented large-scale response campaign coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more than 1.3 million hectares of locust infestations have been treated in ten countries since January. However, favourable weather conditions and widespread seasonal rains have caused extensive breeding in eastern Ethiopia and Somalia. This was worsened by Cyclone Gati which brought flooding to northern Somalia last month allowing locust infestations to increase further in the coming months. New locust swarms are already forming and threatening to re-invade northern Kenya and breeding is also underway on both sides of the Red Sea, posing a new threat to Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan and Yemen. FAO is assisting governments and other partners with surveillance and coordination, technical advice and the procurement of supplies and equipment but operations must be further scaled up to safeguard food production and prevent worsening food insecurity in the affected countries. In Ethiopia the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working together with the Government to fight the desert locusts’ invasion in a country where the level of acute food insecurity is already high. Ethiopia has been battling locusts since June 2019, the presence of the ravenous pest in the country is due to cross-border movements and to prevailing conducive breeding conditions in the country. The combination of the destruction of crops together with economic hardships resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, and recent flooding, have exacerbated the conditions of millions of people.

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    Date & Location Ethiopia
    Duration 5' 6''
    Contact Annie Ho, Tszmei.ho@fao.org
    URL http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1364821/icode/
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