2nd locust swarm threatens Africa with starvation, desolation

by Daniel Payne · Apr 10th, 2020 2:21 pm

Africa is facing the prospect of yet a second locust swarm in as many months, one which threatens an agricultural system already weakened by billions of the voracious insects from earlier this year.

Some parts of Africa this year were already slammed by some of the worst swarms in nearly three-quarters of a century, yet there are reportedly even larger swarms moving across the continent, with a disproportionate number of younger, more voracious insects in them.

The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly delayed the delivery of critical pesticides to help fight the bugs. The notoriously hungry insects threaten the food supplies of both humans and livestock.


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