Desert Locust crisis - Appeal for rapid response and anticipatory action in the Greater Horn of Africa January–July 2020

Desert Locust crisis - Appeal for rapid response and anticipatory action in the Greater Horn of Africa January–July 2020
Jan 2020

The worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades is underway in the Greater Horn of Africa, where tens of thousands of hectares of cropland and pasture have been damaged in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia with potentially severe consequences for agriculture-based livelihoods in contexts where food security is already fragile.

Highly mobile and capable of stripping an area’s vegetation, swarming locusts can cause large-scale agricultural and environmental damage. Even a very small locust swarm can eat the same amount of food in one day as about 35 000 people. This can be especially devastating in countries facing food security crises, where every gram of food produced counts towards alleviating hunger.

Read also the ADDENDUM.