East Africa is fighting its worst locust invasion in several decades. Amid the COVID crisis, countries are battling to stop a new generation of locusts swarms, which could put in danger food security. Swarms of this scale are made up of billions of insects, which can obliterate crops, eating more in a day than the combined population of Kenya and Somalia do.
Ethiopia and Kenya are currently the worst hit by the locust.
New waves of locusts are forecast for the upcoming months in Kenya, southern Ethiopia and Somalia as seasonal rains create more favorable breeding conditions.
It’s estimated more than 25 million people in East Africa will experience food insecurity in 2020 with the locust infestations worsening the situation.