East Africa suffers worst locust invasion in 25 years

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 24th, 2020 12:05 pm

East Africa has been struck with the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years, posing a significant threat to the entire region's food security, according to a U.N. agency.

During a news conference in Nairobi on Friday, a spokesman for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia are overwhelmed with the level of devastation the millions of locusts have inflicted.

Neighboring country Kenya has not experienced a threat this large in 70 years.

The FAO suspect the heavy rains between October and December contributed to the spread of the locusts across the Horn of Africa.

They predict the swarms will continue until June and estimate it will take $70 million to control the outbreak.

If the locusts are not contained quickly, the FAO said it fears the invasion could become a plague.