FAO project OSRO/GLO/003/SWI - Rapid response desert locust control operations seek to combat outbreaks and prevent widespread crop and pasture losses that threaten rural livelihoods and food security in the Greater Horn of Africa region.
01 April 2020, Kipsing, near Oldonyiro, Isiolo county - FAO staff member Ambrose Ngetich, left, talks to George Dodds, a wheat farmer, in a field attacked by a swarm of locusts. Dodds doesn't know if his crop will survive, and the eventual harvest will cover the expenses of seeds and labour. The current situation in East Africa remains extremely alarming as hopper bands and an increasing number of new swarms are forming in Kenya, southern Ethiopia and Somalia. This represents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods because it coincides with the beginning of the long rains and the planting season. FAO scales up its emergency response with a massive, border-spanning campaign needed to combat the locust upsurge.