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Desert locust invasion destroys massive cropland in Ethiopia – UN

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Around 365,015 hectares of cropland have been destroyed by a desert locust invasion, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has disclosed. Desert locust swarm “Ethiopia is experiencing its worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years, which exacerbates an already alarming food security and nutrition situation,” the UNOCHA said in a press statement issued Friday, March 5, ...

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FAO seeks $40m for anti-locust fight in East Africa, Yemen

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UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 it was seeking a further $40 million (4.46 billion shillings) to intensify its anti-desert locust operations in East Africa and Yemen in 2021. Desert locust swarm FAO said the funds would enable it to increase surveillance and control activities in the most affected countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, ...

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Kenya to use drones, mobile apps to assess impact of desert locust

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Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry on Monday, May 18, 2020 said it will, in July, use drones and mobile applications to help assess the impact caused by desert locusts. Desert locust swarm Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the technology is coming in handy, given that some regions that are heavily affected by the locusts are ...

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