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, Kenya - Monitoring teams from FAO and Local-Government personal try to locate the swarms and send GPS coordinates to control centre in Isiolo. Pilots of spray planes use the coordinates to target the swarms before they start flying later in the morning. 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.