Coronavirus News Overshadows Africa’s Worst Locust Invasion in History

According to the UN agency, the entire East Africa and Middle East region is threatened. The FAO says a major campaign across borders is required to fight the pest; if left unattended, the number of insects devouring crops could increase 500-fold by June.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Locust clouds in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Iran, and Egypt could increase further and spread to other areas.

The warning was issued on Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, which says these clouds are "unprecedented in size and destructive potential".


The agency's director general, Qu Dongyu, said this is "a situation of international dimensions that threatens the food security of the entire region". He stated that the FAO is setting in motion measures to "assist governments in conducting a collective campaign to address this crisis".

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