Locust invasion will worsen

The locust invasion in Kenya is just about to get worse, forewarns FAO. Swathes upon swathes of new-generation locust keep arriving from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Compounding the invasion is that widespread swarm breeding continue in northern and central Kenya, with more concentration expected in Marsabit and Turkana counties.

FAO in a memo dated March 10th, noted, “The situation remains extremely alarming in the Horn of Africa, specifically Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form, representing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.”

Kenya is really struggling to contain locust swarms in more than 20 counties.

The government confirmed it had received three additional aircraft from FAO to help manage the situation bringing the total number of aircraft delivered to the country to five. This has provided a much-needed boost to Desert Locust control efforts.

FAO has committed to continue supporting Kenya towards containing the spread of the swarms that are a huge threat to the country’s food security.