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.
04 April 2020, Seren village, close to South Horr, Samburu County, Kenya - Kenyan local government officials, together with KDF (Kenya Defence Forces) and NYS (National Youth Service) are part of a team that combats the new swarms in an effort to prevent new invasions of farmlands. They use motorized spray knapsacks devices, protective clothing, masks and inform local residents about the safe precautions to use during the spraying operations. The desert locust upsurge continues to remain alarming, particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where it poses an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods. This represents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods because it coincides with the beginning of the long rains and the planting season. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN is continuing its efforts to contain the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa despite restrictions on the movement of personnel and equipment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.