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Locust crisis calm in east Africa, says FAO

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Intensified control operations and limited breeding of locusts in east Africa have calmed the locust crisis in the region. Desert locust swarm The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) said in its latest update on Thursday, March 4, 2021. FAO noted that control operations have been intensified in Ethiopia and Kenya against swarms that are still immature. ...

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Favourable weather prolongs locust menace in Horn of Africa – FAO

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Locusts have remained a major threat to the Horn to Africa due to favourable weather conditions, Keith Cressman, a senior locust forecasting officer at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) said. Desert locust swarm In a statement issued in Nairobi on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Cressman observed that while plenty of efforts have been made in ...

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Kenya says desert locust invasion under control amid timely mitigation measures

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Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, on Thursday, January 21, 2021 said that the second wave outbreak of desert locusts’ invasion in the country was under control, thanks to timely roll-out of mitigation measures. Peter Munya, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Peter Munya, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, ...

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Funding shortfalls threaten East African locust operations – FAO

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In an online briefing, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has warned partners that without additional financial resources for fuel, flight time and pilot hours, the 28 locust control aircraft currently flying over the East African region to spot locust swarms and carry out spraying could cease operations in March. Desert locust swarm “The locust control ...

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Tanzania on high alert over reported new wave of locust swarms

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Tanzanian authorities have said they were on high alert after a warning by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on a new wave of locust swarms in neighbouring Kenya. Desert locust swarm FAO said on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in its latest update that new swarms of locusts spreading from northern Kenya have reached Taita-Taveta County and could reach ...

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World Bank commits $500m to fight locusts, preserve food security, protect livelihoods

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The World Bank Group approved on Thursday, May 21, 2020 a $500 million programme to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight the locust swarms that are threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people.  Desert locust swarm The Emergency Locust Response Programme (ELRP), approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, will focus on ...

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