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.
31 March 2020, Kipsing, near Oldonyiro, Isiolo county, Kenya. Desert Locusts on a tree. After aerial spray, young desert locusts are partially sedated, paralysed, and, effected by the chemicals used for aerial spraying die within 48 hours.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.